Many consider Dr. Joe Lex the Godfather of the FOAM (Free Open Access to Medication) movement. Dr. Lex is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at Temple University. His site called Free Emergency Medicine Talks has over 2,300 MP3s of lectures. It is an unbelievable global and free resource for anyone interested in emergency medicine.

Dr. Lex has been inspiring the next generation of emergency physicians for years. This included rising star Dr. Lauren Westefer (@LWestafer) who is a PGY-1 in Baystate Medical Center. Dr. Westafer is passionate about #FOAMed, evidence based medicine and knowledge translation. Her excellent blog is called Short Coat in Emergency Medicine. The FOAMed Godfather and Lauren met at last years ACEP meeting in Seattle at the social media reception.

Drs. Westafer and Lex

Drs. Westafer and Lex

This week Dr. Nicholas Genes discussed his CON position from a recent EP Monthly article (Why #FOAMed is NOT Essential to EM Education). Check out the SGEM#72: Tiny Bubbles (#FOAMed and #MedEd) to listen to Dr. Genes define and defend his position.

Dr. Lex was the PRO side of the EP Monthly debate (Why #FOAMed IS Essential to EM Education). I am happy to announce that Dr. Lex has agreed to be on the SGEM next month to expand on his PRO-FOAMed position.

For many of us with delayed gratifications issues, a month is a long time to wait. However, I have a special treat for the SGEM audience. Dr. Lex has recorded his legendary statement about learning emergency medicine. For the standard version click FOAM Joe Lex and for Dr. Lex’s impression of Marlon Brando version from the Godfather click FOAM Godfather.

  • If you want to know how we practiced medicine 5 years ago, read a textbook.
  • If you want to know how we practiced medicine 2 years ago, read a journal.
  • If you want to know how we practice medicine last year, go to a (good) conference.
  • If you want to know how we practice medicine now and in the future, listen to the conversations in the hallway and use #FOAMed.



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