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?

FOAM MemeWe 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

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:

CCFP-EM 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

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.

Additional Resources: 

  • Thoma et al. Emergency Medicine and Critical Care Blogs and Podcasts: Establishing an International Consensus on Quality. Annals of EM 2015
  • 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.

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