• Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM) for the emergency physician

    by Alan Batt. Last modified: 30/09/14

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    Nickson CP1, Cadogan MD. Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM) for the emergency physician. Emerg Med Australas. 2014 Feb;26(1):76-83. PMID: 24495067.

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    Abstract

    If you want to know how we practised medicine 5 years ago, read a textbook.

    If you want to know how we practised medicine 2 years ago, read a journal.

    If you want to know how we practise medicine now, go to a (good) conference.

    If you want to know how we will practise medicine in the future, listen in the hallways and use FOAM.

    – from International EM Education Efforts and E-Learning by Joe Lex 2012

    FOAM is ‘free open-access med(ical ed)ucation’. As such, FOAM is a dynamic collection of resources and tools for lifelong learning in medicine, as well as a community and an ethos. FOAM is continually evolving and growing rapidly, and from anarchic beginnings is increasingly attracting interest from practicing clinicians, trainees, educators, researchers and publishers alike. This article defines FOAM, details its development and considers its role, particularly in relationship to scientific journals, textbooks and medical education as a whole.

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    Alan Batt

    Alan Batt

    Paramedic, educator, researcher
    Alan 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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