Tuesday, July 23, 2013

FOAM — This is not the future of medicine, it is medical education NOW!

Originally Published: Common Sense, Jul/Aug 2013

Original Author: Meaghan Mercer, DO AAEM/RSA President

Like many great ideas in medicine, the concept of FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation) project was born in a pub over a pint of Guinness. Doctors Mike Cadogan and Chris Nickson, from www.lifeinthefastlane.com (LITFL), recognized that social media has changed how we communicate and educate. Ideas now traverse the globe in hours, allowing an open and interactive approach to how we learn and practice medicine. As one of the fathers of AAEM and greatest teachers of our specialty, Dr. Joe Lex, stated,