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Tap Into the FOAM:
An Intro to Free Open Access Medical
Education for EMS Instructors
David A. Marcus, MD
EMIMDoc.org - @E...
Goals
• The internet and social media
• Nuts and Bolts of FOAM
• Risks/Benefits in education
• EMS Resources
A Little About the World Wide Web
• Web 1.0 – Static, unidirectional, limited
access
• Web 2.0 – Dynamic, interactive, by ...
Sorting It All Out
• Social Networks
• Professional/Niche Networks
• Blogging/Microblogging
• Photo/Video Sharing Services...
Social Media and Learners
• GenX, Millennial learners are online anyway,
often in an educational void
• Inherently self di...
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...
The concept is FOAM the hashtag is #FOAMed
Why?
• Dr. Chris Nickson (@precordialthump)
– “We need to stop re-inventing the wheel in every
department, in every hospit...
What?
• Dr. Lauren Westafer (@Lwestafer)
– “Free Open Access Meducation is essentially
a personalized, continually expandi...
Where?
Get it
here.
Also Here
And Even Here
So You Can Stay Up To Date Anywhere, Anytime
• Keep up with cutting edge prehospital care
• Participate in conferences around the world
• Converse directly with though...
Stuff I've Learned
NODESAT
Perimortem C-Section
Delayed Sequence Intubation
Bath Salts
Tox Reviews
Advanced AW Management
...
On Board Yet?
This is Happening Now
2016 Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference
• #CCTMC16
• >1,500 tweets by > 200 participants
This is Happening Now
2016 Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference
• #CCTMC16
• >1,500 tweets by > 200 participants
This is Happening Now
2016 Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference
• #CCTMC16
• >1,500 tweets by > 200 participants
This is Happening Now
2016 Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference
• #CCTMC16
• >1,500 tweets by > 200 participants
This is Happening Now
2016 Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference
• #CCTMC16
• >1,500 tweets by > 200 participants
This is Happening Now
2016 Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference
• #CCTMC16
• >1,500 tweets by > 200 participants
Ready? Let’s Do It!
Rules of Engagement
Caveat Emptor – Verify reliability
Anonymity is dead
Nothing is deleteable
Everything is discoverable
...
OK, Now We’re Ready
• Step 1: Join Twitter (Details at end of slideset)
– Install the app on your devices
– Follow users, ...
It’s OK To Watch
• Don’t feel uncomfortable if some
conversations make no sense.
• Start by following only a small number ...
EMS on Twitter
Primary EMS Hashtags
#FOAMems -- #HEMS -- #prehospital
FDNY:
@FDNY (general)
@FDNYAlerts (operations)
@FDNY...
Some EMS, EM, Crit Care Blogs
Prehospitalmed.com
EMS Suggestions From Twitter
• In response to a question posted to the Twitter
EMS community:
@DrHowieMell
@ketaminh
@Tami...
FOAM for Lifelong Learning
• Learn on your own schedule
• Access to experts
• Networking
• Remote conference participation...
Just Do It
It's good for you.
@EMIMDoc / EMIMDoc.org
Technical details on joining Twitter follow….
The Technical Stuff
• There are a TON of FOAM primers out now,
can be a little overwhelming. Links to some of
the better o...
FOAM Primers
• Excellent General Overview by Tim Leeuwenburg
• Another Primer from TamingtheSRU, including an
explanation ...
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Talk delivered to EMS Instructors at the FDNY EMS Academy on 4/12/16. Includes a general introduction to Free Open Access Medical Education as well as key EMS accounts and hashtags.

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FOAM Primer for EMS Instructors

  1. 1. Tap Into the FOAM: An Intro to Free Open Access Medical Education for EMS Instructors David A. Marcus, MD EMIMDoc.org - @EMIMDoc Asst. Prof. of Emergency Medicine, Hofstra-Northwell SOM Director of Student Education, Emergency Medicine, LIJ Medical Center Delivered at the FDNY EMS Academy – April 12, 2016
  2. 2. Goals • The internet and social media • Nuts and Bolts of FOAM • Risks/Benefits in education • EMS Resources
  3. 3. A Little About the World Wide Web • Web 1.0 – Static, unidirectional, limited access • Web 2.0 – Dynamic, interactive, by and for users. Social networks and file sharing sites as a manifestation. • Web 3.0 – The Semantic Web. AI, Intelligent networks predicting our needs. You are here!
  4. 4. Sorting It All Out • Social Networks • Professional/Niche Networks • Blogging/Microblogging • Photo/Video Sharing Services • Social Bookmarking Doximity
  5. 5. Social Media and Learners • GenX, Millennial learners are online anyway, often in an educational void • Inherently self directed and interactive • Allows for experiential learning • Immediate feedback/gratification • Requires strong critical assessment skills • Based on real, or realistic and relatable, experiences • Personalized and asynchronous
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. The concept is FOAM the hashtag is #FOAMed
  8. 8. Why? • Dr. Chris Nickson (@precordialthump) – “We need to stop re-inventing the wheel in every department, in every hospital, in every state, in every country…”
  9. 9. What? • Dr. Lauren Westafer (@Lwestafer) – “Free Open Access Meducation is essentially a personalized, continually expanding medical curriculum that embraces an individual’s attention deficits, evolves as one learns, encourages active learning, and pushes the bounds of one ‘ought’ to know.”
  10. 10. Where? Get it here.
  11. 11. Also Here
  12. 12. And Even Here
  13. 13. So You Can Stay Up To Date Anywhere, Anytime
  14. 14. • Keep up with cutting edge prehospital care • Participate in conferences around the world • Converse directly with thought leaders... • Learn and retain more through Spaced Repetition • Stay up to date on new resources and tools • Get a quick consult, feedback on your own ideas, network, professional opportunities, etc... • Do it all on your own schedule With FOAM You Can:
  15. 15. Stuff I've Learned NODESAT Perimortem C-Section Delayed Sequence Intubation Bath Salts Tox Reviews Advanced AW Management ECG Reviews Critical Procedures in EM
  16. 16. On Board Yet?
  17. 17. This is Happening Now 2016 Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference • #CCTMC16 • >1,500 tweets by > 200 participants
  18. 18. This is Happening Now 2016 Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference • #CCTMC16 • >1,500 tweets by > 200 participants
  19. 19. This is Happening Now 2016 Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference • #CCTMC16 • >1,500 tweets by > 200 participants
  20. 20. This is Happening Now 2016 Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference • #CCTMC16 • >1,500 tweets by > 200 participants
  21. 21. This is Happening Now 2016 Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference • #CCTMC16 • >1,500 tweets by > 200 participants
  22. 22. This is Happening Now 2016 Critical Care Transport Medicine Conference • #CCTMC16 • >1,500 tweets by > 200 participants
  23. 23. Ready? Let’s Do It!
  24. 24. Rules of Engagement Caveat Emptor – Verify reliability Anonymity is dead Nothing is deleteable Everything is discoverable Treat people with respect Maintain professional standards Do not violate local policies and laws You and your digital persona are inseparable
  25. 25. OK, Now We’re Ready • Step 1: Join Twitter (Details at end of slideset) – Install the app on your devices – Follow users, search for hashtags – Links to articles, posts. – #FOAMems - #FOAMed - #HEMS - #prehospital • Step 2: Subscribe to Blogs and/or Podcasts – Find interesting sites via Twitter – Can be done via website/email – Or, use an aggregator like Feedly – Or, set up an RSS feed
  26. 26. It’s OK To Watch • Don’t feel uncomfortable if some conversations make no sense. • Start by following only a small number of accounts and deciding who you like. • You can always unfollow.
  27. 27. EMS on Twitter Primary EMS Hashtags #FOAMems -- #HEMS -- #prehospital FDNY: @FDNY (general) @FDNYAlerts (operations) @FDNYEMSHAZTAC Some accounts I like (among many great ones!) • @FOAMems • @EMS12lead • @EMS_Nation • @Paramedic_Tutor • @NYCEMSwebsite (NOT FDNY, humor)
  28. 28. Some EMS, EM, Crit Care Blogs Prehospitalmed.com
  29. 29. EMS Suggestions From Twitter • In response to a question posted to the Twitter EMS community: @DrHowieMell @ketaminh @TamingtheSRU @Wotsukrobl @EMS1 @FlightbridgeED @UCAirCareDoc @EMScritcare @Mattysfri @jemsconnect @FOAMstarter To find any of these accounts, just enter the username (without @) into the search box on Twitter.com
  30. 30. FOAM for Lifelong Learning • Learn on your own schedule • Access to experts • Networking • Remote conference participation, and more! • Be mindful of professionalism • Start with Twitter or a few blogs and increase dose as tolerated. #FOAMed - #FOAMems - #HEMS - #prehospital
  31. 31. Just Do It It's good for you. @EMIMDoc / EMIMDoc.org Technical details on joining Twitter follow….
  32. 32. The Technical Stuff • There are a TON of FOAM primers out now, can be a little overwhelming. Links to some of the better ones can be found on the next slide. • If you’re comfortable signing up for twitter and following blogs, no need to continue.
  33. 33. FOAM Primers • Excellent General Overview by Tim Leeuwenburg • Another Primer from TamingtheSRU, including an explanation of Feedly • Twitter Videos by Rob Rogers – Getting Started on Twitter – Twitter Series #2 – The Twitter App – Tweeting and Hashtagging

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