Welcome to the Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine (SGEM)  – Meet ‘em, greet ‘em, treat ‘em & street ‘em.

It is known that it can take 17 years for high-quality, clinically relevant information to reach patients. This has been referred to as the knowledge translation (KT) gap and is illustrated by the leaky pipe model below.

The SGEM faculty and guest skeptics try to cut the KT gap from over ten years down to less than one year. It does this by using social media to provide you with critical appraisals of the recent literature. The ultimate goal of the SGEM is for patients to get the best care, based on the best evidence.

The SGEM consists of a weekly podcast (iTunes, Google Play and Spotify) and a blog. It is also tied into a Facebook page, active Twitter feed, YouTube channel and Instagram. Each season of the SGEM is also published as PDF books.

The SGEM is part of the Free Open Access to Meducation (FOAM) movement. FOAM – Medical education for anyone, anywhere, anytime. The SGEM has been free since it started in 2012 and will remain free open access.

So stop practicing medicine from ten years ago and start practicing medicine based on the best evidence.

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