What exactly is FOAM?!
by Alan Batt. Last modified: 29/01/14
FOAM stands for Free Open Access Meducation – Medical education for anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Coined by FOAM inventors Drs. Mike Cadogan & Chris Nickson, the concept is simple – share medical education instantly and for free with everyone who’s interested, and thereby encourage further research, evidence-based practice and better patient care.
FOAM is completely platform independent – it includes blogs, Facebook pages and groups, podcasts, tweets, online videos, documents, photos, video blogs, and websites – such as this one.
The main vehicle used for the promotion of the FOAM concept is Twitter.
On Twitter, related tweets can be “hash-tagged”, in order to allow for easy searching of related topics.
The 140 character limit of a tweet harks back to the early days of Twitter, when tweets were sent by SMS (which has a limit of 160 characters – 140 were available for your content and 20 were used by Twitter). Hashtags developed as a way of tagging posts whilst using the minimum of characters.
The main FOAM related hashtags are:
- #FOAMed – the main hashtag of the FOAM movement.
- #FOAMPed – tweets relating to paediatric medical education.
- #FOAMcc – tweets relating to critical and intensive care education.
- #FOAMtox – tweets relating to toxicology medical education.
- #EMTOT – Tricks of the Trade in Emergency Medicine
Useful FOAM resources
- Life in the Fast Lane – the home of FOAM.
- GoogleFOAM – Google custom search designed to search all FOAM resources
How do I get started with FOAM?
The quickest and easiest way is with Twitter:
- Sign up for a new account (free) at Twitter if you don’t already have one – http://www.twitter.com
- Do a search for FOAMed, FOAMPed or FOAMcc, or use our latest tweets pages
- You may also consider following people on this list of FOAM supporters – http://twitter.com/sandnsurf/foamed/members and our own lists of prehospital researchers, associations & people of interest!
- Get reading, learning and sharing!
You can also check out our list of FOAM links on our links page – click hereThe following two tabs change content below.Paramedic, educator, researcherAlan is a critical care paramedic, paramedic educator and prehospital researcher, currently working around the world as an educator and researcher. He has previously worked and studied across Europe, North America and the Middle East. He holds a Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care Paramedic Studies, and an MSc in Critical Care. His main interests are in care of the elderly, end-of-life care, patient safety, professionalism (including role and identity), and paramedic education.
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