At the SAEM conference, I had the privilege of partaking in a didactic with Dr. Anand Swaminathan, Dr. Ryan Radecki, and Dr. Matt Astin entitled, "FOAM on the Spot - Integration of Online Resources into Real-Time Education and Patient Care."
The cornucopia of free open access medical education (FOAM) resources may be overwhelming and I get frequent requests for guidance sorting through the cornucopia of FOAM. People often have the question, "I remember hearing about this technique but I can't recall which site and want to review it..." As such, I've posted a recording of my portion of the didactic here.
- Filter FOAM by searching relevant information - FOAMsearch .
- Customized Google search engine of 300+ blogs related to EM/critical care plus journal articles.
- Engage in the community of personal librarians - Twitter (a few pearls on Twitter)
- Tag others when you have a question
- Participate in discussions and "be the librarian" for others.
- Use a system to stay organized and collate resources - AgileMD.
As a rather junior individual, selfishly, always welcome constructive feedback on my talks. This is my experiment in crowdsourcing feedback from the FOAM community to become a better presenter.
1. Raine T, Thoma B, Chan TM, Lin M. FOAMSearch.net: A custom search engine for emergency medicine and critical care. Emerg Med Australas. 2015;(March):n/a–n/a. doi:10.1111/1742-6723.12404.