SGEM Xtra: Is #FOAMed Scary?
Podcast Link: SGEM Xtra Is #FOAMed Scary
Date: October 26th, 2016
Guest Skeptic: We have a number of guest skeptics for this episode. Dr. Munsif Bhimani is the program director of the CCFP-EM program at Western University. Drs. Kevinjeet Mahngar, Kelsey Cassidy, Jatin Kacker and Ben Fregeau are residents in the CCFP-EM program at Western University. Dr. Sean Ryan is a front line physician working in community emergency departments.
This is an SGEM Xtra. From time-to-time we like to pause from our usual structured critical appraisals and do a big picture issue. Being close to Hallowe’en we thought we would re-visit the issue of social media and ask…is #FOAMed scary?
We have addressed the issue of #FOAMed a few times before and the last time we had the Godfather of #FOAMed, Dr. Joe Lex on when he gave his famous quote in his best Marlon Brando impression.
Here are previous episodes on this topic of #FOAMed:
- SGEM#30: My Generation (Social Media and Medical Education)
- SGEM#35: We are Young (Social Media and Medical Education)
- SGEM#72: Tiny Bubbles (#FOAMed and #MedEd)
- SGEM#77: Take the Hashtag, Leave the Classroom (Pro #FOAMed Argument)
Listen to the podcast and hear what the program director, residents and a community EM physician think about #FOAMed.
Questions for Dr. Bhimani:
Dr. Munsif Bhimani
- Is #FOAMed scary?
- How is the residency program using #FOAMed?
- Is the residency program creating any original #FOAMed content?
- What is your biggest concern about #FOAMed?
- What do you think would make #FOAMed better?
- What do you think your staff views of #FOAMed are into integrating this into their bedside teaching?
Questions for the Residents:
Western University CCFP-EM Residents
- Is #FOAMed scary?
- How do you use #FOAMed?
- How do you know what to trust?
- What is the best part about #FOAMed?
- What is the worse part of #FOAMed?
- What has been your experience with staff?
Questions for Dr. Ryan:
Dr. Sean Ryan
- Is #FOAMed scary?
- What do community doctors think of #FOAMed and how are they using it?
- Are you have concerns about #FOAMed quality/content?
- Do you still subscribe and read journals?
- Can you comment on the residency training and how new grads are using social media?
- Does it annoy you when a trainee says I heard this on a podcast or read this on a blog?
- Are you paying for any education resources and how do you think they compare to the #FOAMed resources?
Other #FOAMed Questions:
- What are your top #FOAMed resources and why?
- Dr. Bhimani: Would you encourage other programs to use #FOAMed and where do you see #FOAMed in the next 3-5 years in the medical education world?
- Residents: What advice would you give other residents in using #FOAMed for their education?
- Dr. Ryan: What advice would you give to practicing doctors on how to get started on using #FOAMed?
- Any final thought about #FOAMed?
Happy Hallowe’en SGEMers! We will be back next time with a new critical review trying to cut the knowledge translation window down from over ten years to less than one year using the power of social media.
Keener Contest: The last winner of the keener contest was Brad Kinder from Fort Leonard Wood Missouri. Brad knew clindamycin is commonly used to treat MRSA infections and has a Black Box Warning for C. diff colitis by the FDA. There is no question this week but listen next time for a chance to win a cool skeptical prize.
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- Thoma et al. Five Strategies to Effectively Use Online Resources in Emergency Medicine. Annals of EM 2014
- Folkl, Chan and Blau. Use of Free, Open Access Medical Education and Perceived Emergency Medicine Educational Needs Among Rural Physicians in Southwestern Ontario. Cureus 2016
- Nickson C. Hacking Medical Education with FOAM. AMSJ
Remember to be skeptical of anything you learn, even if you heard it on The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine.