Date:  May 26, 2013
Title: TheSGEM Down Under

This week I had the pleasure of giving a keynote address on social media and rural medicine. The cool thing about it was giving it virtually. I was in Goderich, Canada and the presentation was streamed live to Adelaide, Australia. Social Medial is shrinking the world. Viva FOAMed.

Because of the keynote address I did not have time to put together the traditional SGEM podcast. With your permission I will share the keynote address with you. If interested, you can check out the YouTube video prepared for the conference.

Social Media Presentation:

  1. memeDefinition of SoMe: “The means of interactions among people in which they create, share, and exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.” Ahlqvist, Toni; Bäck, A., Halonen, M., Heinonen, S (2008). “Social media roadmaps exploring the futures triggered by social media”. VTT Tiedotteita – Valtion Teknillinen Tutkimuskeskus (2454): 13.
  2. Knowledge Translation Problem: Pathman Leaky Pipe (Awareness, Acceptance, Applicable, Able, Act On, Agree, Adhere)
  3. Examples of SoMe: Podcasts, Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and Meme
  4. Solution to KT Problem: The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine
  5. New SoMe Project: Just Out of the Gate (JOG)

Some Cool FOAMed Sites Down Under:

  • Broomedocs: Free educational blog for rural GP and proceduralists. Country docs are “jacks of all trades”, GPs, Anaesthetists, part-time intensivists, O&G, Paeds, Psych ….  basically the doctors in the country who have to deal with whatever rolls in the door.
  • Ruraldoctors: This site is for rural doctors who want to keep in touch with the latest in FOAMed concepts relevant to rural practice, listen to relevant podcasts and share thoughts on typical cases – using the info from the wider FOAMed community. Rural Doctors are a disparate bunch. Whilst I reckon that rural medicine is one of the best jobs in the world due to the sheer diversity (primary care, emergency medicine, obstetrics, anaesthetics), it can be hard for the isolated rural doctor to keep up to date.

KEENER KONTEST: We have three prizes for this week. The first prize goes to Dr. Tony Lain-Llyod (Dr. Crocodile Dundee) for being such a good sport. The next prize goes to Dr. Mohammed Alomar for being the first person from Saudi Arabia to play the keener kontest. And the finally, Dr. Crispen Richards from London, Canada. He identified hemotympanic membrane as a physical sign suggesting basilar skull fracture.

This weeks Keener Kontest is to make a Meme about working in the ED. You can download some free apps to help you or go to Quick Meme or Meme Maker. Email your creation to TheSGEM@gmail.com. Use “Keener Kontest” in the subject line. I will use the really good ones in my presentation next week at CAEP in Vancouver with Dr. Anthony Crocco. We are giving the Best of BEEM (BoB) talk at the meeting. You will be given credit for your meme and will be sent a cool skeptical prize.

Remember to be skeptical of anything you learn, even if you heard it on The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine. Talk with you next week.