FOAM stands for “Free Open-Access Medical Education”. It is a dynamic collection of resources and tools for lifelong learning in medicine integrated as a community with the potential to reach every corner of the planet. The main uses of FOAM are to cut the knowledge translation window and to serve as an adjunct to traditional teaching by providing accessible and reusable resources.
The FOAM community spontaneously emerged from the collection of constantly evolving, collaborative and interactive open access medical education resources being distributed on the web. FOAM is independent of platform or media — it includes blogs, podcasts, tweets, Google hangouts, online videos, text documents, photographs, facebook groups, and a whole lot more.
FOAM is the concept, #FOAMed is the Twitter hashtag
Currently, the FOAM concept is being used massively within Emergency Medicine communities in English speaking countries. At ISAEM, we see FOAM as a tool to disseminate knowledge and awareness about Emergency Medicine where the specialty has not been established yet.
Facing that, we are creating the ISAEM FOAM Project. We will foster motivated medical students to translate high quality FOAM content to their native languages. We believe this will be the beginning of FOAM communities in these countries and will lead to greater awareness about the importance of the specialty in these healthcare systems.
Check out ISAEM’s FOAM Blogs:
Are you interested in collaborate with us in this initiative?
Do you want to know more about FOAM? Take a look at this Life in The Fast Lane post about it. There is no one better to explain FOAM than these guys. Then, check out some awesome resources at:
- Academic Life in Emergency Medicine
- Boring EM
- EM Blog Mayo Clinic
- EM Docs
- Life In The Fast Lane
- R.E.B.E.L. EM