A Wise Man Once Said:"If you want to know how we practiced medicine 5 years ago,read a textbook.If you want to know how we practiced medicine 2 years ago,read a journal.If you want to know how we practice medicine now,go to a conference.If you want to know how we will practice medicine in the future,listen in the hallways and use FOAM."- Prof. Joe Lex
FOAM,You Say?Free, Open Access Medical EducationFree, Open Access Medical EducationFree, Open Access Medical EducationFree, Open Access Medical EducationSo Whos At the Party?So Whos At the Party?So Whos At the Party?So Whos At the Party?
Some FolksYou MightAlready Know
And a Few New Friends:
I Have Enough Friends• Keep up with latest controversies in EM/CC• Distance participation in medical conferences• Insight into clinical reasoning of colleagues, thoughtleaders• Knowledge retention by Spaced Repetition• Keep posted on new resources and tools• Learn everything from the basics on, on your schedule• Quick consult, feedback on your own ideas, network,professional opportunities, etc...
Learn and Re-Learn• NODESAT• Perimortem C-Section• Delayed SequenceIntubation• Bath Salts• Tox Reviews• Advanced AWManagement• ECG Reviews• Critical Procedures in EM
The Six Steps toAcademic Independence
But First,A Word About Protection
Rules of Engagement• Caveat Emptor• Anonymity is dead• Everything is discoverable• Nothing is deletable• Treat people with respect• Maintain professional standards.Your digital persona and clinicalpersona are one.
Step #1: Join Twitter• Register at Twitter.com• To get the most out of Twitter, install the App onyour mobile devices. Set up notifications viaSettings.• Follow users and hashtags (#)• No, you DO NOT have to contribute• It is OK to watch• Check the feed when you can and follow links orconversations that appeal to you
Hashtags - #• The # sign is used to unify threads on Twitter• Many established hashtags, new ones come up everyday.• # often used to identify conferences (#SMACC2013,SAEM13). By searching for a conference hashtag youcan follow proceedings and contribute from afar.• Your starting points:• #FOAMed , #EMTOT
Some Locals• @kingsofcounty• @njoshi8• @jeremyfaust• @jojohaber• @dodmarcus
Step #2: Read Blogs• Independently published, freely accessible, medicaleducation.• Your starting points:• Academic Life in Emergency Medicine• Life in the Fast Lane
Many Other Excellent Sites• Emcrit• EM Lyceum (journal club)• The Poison Review• Dr. Smiths ECG Blog (Advanced)• PulmCCMCentral• ResusME• SonoSpot• The Short Coat (Students!)
And many, many more...
Step #3: Podcasts/Vodcasts• Audio/video recordings by many of thebloggers listed above, and more• Some are pay-protected• May be found on iTunes or via their ownsites• Some are downloadable, all can be streamed• Several offer free access via EM organizations
Step #3: Podcasts/Vodcasts• Some examples:• FreeEmergencyTalks.net (>1000 talks by leaders inEM collected by Joe Lex at al)• EMRAP EE (Rob Rogers, Mel Herbert,Amal Mattu)• Ultrasound Podcast (Mike Mallon, Mike Stone, MattDawson)• iTeachEM (Rob Rogers)• SmartEM (David Newman - still absent from Twitter)
Step #4: Join GMEP.org• The Global Medical Education Project• Free, community driven EM/CC learning• User & Admin submitted question banks• Image collections and other downloadable materials• See how you stack up against others• Lovechild of Facebook, PEERVIII, LinkedIN
Step #5: Keep It All Straight• FOAMem.com - Continuously updated collection ofall FOAM blog posts (RSS Feed). Check it out.• GoogleFOAM.com - Unified search portal for allFOAM resources (previously EMGoogle.com)• Use your apps...
Step #6: Essential Apps• Aggregators: Pulse, Feedly, Flipboard• New posts appear automatically; no needto go through multiple websites.• After installing, search for and save all yourfavorite blogs.• View online or on any mobile platform
Step #6: Essential Apps• Upshot - By the folks at keepingup.org• Monthly reviews of trending papers in EM• A work in progress, not perfected yet. But lotsof good stuff.
Step #6: Essential Apps• QXMD Read• A news feeder similar to Pulse, but based onacademic journals.• Not FOAM, relies on access to journals. But if yourhospital/school subscribes to the journals, full text iseasily accessible, many with PDFs.• Install, enter your specialty and journals of interest,and youll never be out of something to read.• Advanced users: proxy servers can be set up
The Six Step Plan1.Twitter2.Blogs3.Podcasts4.GMEP5.Keeping it straight1. FOAMEM.com2. GoogleFOAM.com6.Apps: Pulse, Feedly, Flipboard, Upshot, QXMD ReadLearn, InteractLearn, InteractLearn, InteractLearn, InteractStay OrganizedStay OrganizedStay OrganizedStay OrganizedPracticePracticePracticePractice