About & Disclaimers

Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician, research fellowship trained, in the United States with a zeal for Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) and knowledge translation.  I'm particularly interested in adoption and transmission of medical practice outside of the academic setting.  I dabble in toxicology as well.

I started this blog as a personal learning discipline.  Chronicling clinical experiences and reading of the literature solidifies my synapses; I tend to remember things better when I hammer out my thoughts, document my sources, and engage in amateur analysis.  

Along with Dr. Jeremy Faust, I co-host a free, open access medical education Emergency Medicine core content review podcast: FOAMcast (iTunes).

Lauren Westafer 
Email: westafer@gmail.com
Twitter: @LWestafer

Note: I have been asked about changing the name of the blog as I am no longer a medical student. Thus far I have opted to keep the name as it's indicative of the perpetual 'student' in me and the focus of the blog on integrating teachings from various sources with clinical practice.

  • This blog is intended for healthcare professionals only.  The blog does not convey medical advice for patients or treating healthcare providers.  Please consult your health care professional for any medical issues. 
  • Views and opinions expressed herein are my own and do not represent those of institutions with whom I am affiliated.  
  • I try to ensure that information is accurate.  Please let me know if there are any mistakes.  I encourage questioning/challenging of any information I present, as I believe it helps with critical thinking and growth as a health care provider.  Our knowledge base is continually growing and changing and I embrace any challenge from the FOAM community!
  • Privacy:  All information presented is HIPPA compliant.  Cases are fictional or an amalgam of various cases, have a time delay, and have been altered to preserve the clinical gist while ensuring privacy to all involved
  • Disclosures:  none.
  • Legal: This blog should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony.  No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the blog. 
Financial Disclosures: None