Date: August 15th, 2015

This is another SGEM Xtra. Season#4 will be starting soon in September trying to cut that knowledge translation window down from over ten years to less than one year with critical appraisals of the recent literature.

Until then we have some more FOAMed goodness from the Canadian Association of Emergency Physician meeting that was held in Edmonton earlier this year.

It was my pleasure to host the #FOAMed track at the CAEP meeting. There were four amazing speakers Lighting the Way in Edmonton including Lauren Westafer.

Lauren Westafer (@LWestafer): Lauren is currently the Chief Resident at Baystate Medical Center, FOAMcast co-host with Jeremy Faust, author of The Short Coat blog, and the Knowledge to Action Fellow. Lauren is passionate about Free Open Access Medical education, dissemination and implementation science, and metacognition.

(Un)Learning in Medicine – Easing the Grieving Process with FOAM

A Harvard Medical School’s former Dean (Charles Sidney Burwell) proclaimed to his students half a century ago, “Half of what we are going to teach you is wrong, and half of it is right. Our problem is that we don’t know which half is which”. Ease the denial, the anger, the sadness of hearing that what you were taught is no longer accurate with FOAM. This isn’t your favorite brew, rather Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM), which can allow one to increase cognitive flexibility by staying up to date with evidence based medicine and peer discussions. It’s yoga for your brain.

You can watch Lauren give her talk on YouTube and download a PDF copy of her slides.

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Lauren Westafer YouTube Video

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Lauren Westafer PDF Slides

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There was a keener contest winner last week from Chris Carpenters guest hosting a SGEM Xtra episode on Preventing Older Adult Falls from the Emergency Department.

Mike Butterfield from Tampa Florida won a cool skeptical prize. He knew The Hurricane was a biopic movie about Rubin “Hurricane” Carter staring Denzel Washington and was filmed in Peterson New Jersey

That’s all for today but don’t panic. The SGEM will be back in September with more critical reviews, Hot off the Press, SGEM Classics and SGEM Journal Clubs.

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

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