There is a natural synergy between emergency medicine and intensive care — at least I think so, otherwise I’ve wasted my time training in two specialties! I’m reassured that other people — such as my EMCrit buddy Scott Weingart, he of the ‘Upstairs care, downstairs’ mantra (or is it Downstairs patients, Upstairs…?), and my colleagues at EM Critical Care — seem to agree.
The symbiosis and overlap between these fields of medicine is particularly prominent in the world of social media. While emergency medicine leads from the front in the way it’s practitioners have embraced blogs, podcasts, Twitter and other elements of FOAM, the ICU world is also slowly waking up and coming to the party (think Intensive Care Network, Jeffrey Guy’s ICU Rounds and PulmCCM.org).
But it is even bigger than this.
The legendary Peter Safar (if I remember correctly) once said that critical illness is a condition that starts prehospital, and then continues in the ED, the wards, the ICU and the OR. It knows no walls, it respects no geographic borders. It is no surprise then that the FOAM revolution continues to reveal our deep affinity with our prehospital colleagues (the likes of Resus.ME and PHARM for instance) as well as those MacGyvers of medicine we often used to forget, yet who deal with the sickest of the sick with the least resources (yep, I mean remote practitioners and GP proceduralists like BroomeDocs).
But it is not just in the US and Australasia that this is happening. Joe Lex is collecting talks from the world over for everyone’s benefit (FreeEmergencyTalks.net), the Poms are coming to the party (e.g. StEmlyns) and we are finding new FOAM friends throughout Europe, South America and – hopefully soon – more to come from Africa and Asia.
Thanks to FOAM and social media it is easier to see that we’re all on the same page. We all want to save lives, or failing that, relieve the suffering of the critically ill.
But some of us have felt that something is still missing.
What if we could actually bring all these people together in one place? One place where we could all talk about how emergency medicine AND intensive care AND social media come together? One place where we could all learn from one another, and ultimately create resources that could be shared online with the fast-growing FOAM community?
The place exists.
It is Sydney, and the time is March 11th to March 13th 2013. The venue is the Sydney Conference and Entertainment Centre. The event is:
SMACC is being organised by dual qualified intensivist and emergency physician Roger Harris (@smacc2013) and his crew, together with the guys from the Intensive Care Network (Matt and Oli — @rollcagemedic and @oliflower) and with a bit of help from LITFL. It promises to be a meeting like no other and will feature a number of heavyweights from the EMCC FOAM world (plus the odd lightweight!) as well some of the biggest names from more traditional EMCC spheres.
Mike Cadogan and I will be there, but the list of other keynotes is much more impressive — check them out:
- Joe Lex (@JoeLex5) … no introduction needed.
- Scott Weingart (@EMCrit)… that’s right, EMCrit is coming to the SMACC DownUnder!
- Simon Carley (@EMManchester)… Professor of Emergency Medicine in Manchester, Associate Editor of the Emergency Medical Journal and co-founder of amazing resources like BestBets.org and StEmlyns.
- Simon Finfer… heard of DECRA, NICE SUGAR, PROWESS SHOCK, ARISE, SAFE, RENAL, MERIT? Thought so!
- John Myburgh… the first President of CICM and a man who has forgotten more about intensive care than I’ll ever hope to know…
- Victoria Brazil (@SocratesEM)… emergency physician and medical educator extraordinaire from Queensland.
- Anthony Holley… dynamic Queensland-based dual qualified intensivist and emergency physician, educator and military medico.
- Cliff Reid (@cliffreid)… pre-hospital education guru with Sydney HEMS who sometimes thinks he lives in a cartoon.
There has been a huge amount of enthusiasm expressed about this not-for-profit event from our FOAM and social media friends all over the globe. We’re hoping to have as many of them there as possible — the LITFL crew, Minh (@rfdsdoc) and Casey (@broomedocs) are all looking forward to it — and those that can’t make it will have the opportunity to make their presence felt in other ways. The event will live and breathe social media, it will reach out to everyone through Twitter, have ultrasound gurus like Laleh (@sonospot), Matt and Mike (@ultrasoundpod) on the other side of the world adjudicating the first SonoGames DownUnder, while a 24 hour online round-the-world journal club continues via video feed and Weingart, Minh and Clifford Reid watch specialties go head to head in the SimWars to end all SimWars!
As many of the resources as possible will be made available through the FOAM community either contemporaneously or at a later date so that everyone everywhere can benefit.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Most of all it will be about meeting people. We’d like to see you there. And if you can’t be there in person, we’d like you to be there anyway through the web.
Get involved. Check out the SMACC website now.
Vive la FOAM!