EmergencyMedicineCriticalCare #FOAMEd – the next step
Sub Cruce Lumen
Sub Cruce Lumen, the motto of Adelaide University where I trained as a doctor and where Howard Florey, of penicillin fame trained as well. The motto is Latin for ” Under the light ( of learning) under the (Southern) Cross”
Today I had a Google Hangout session with Dr Haney Mallemat and Dr Rob Bryant from USA. They are keen advocates of #FOAMEd, a term encompassing the concept of Free Open Access Medical Education, attributed to Dr Mike Cadogan and Dr Chris Nickson of the Life in the Fast Lane blog site. Of late there has been a stirring and discussion within the #FOAMEd community as to what is the next step in our evolution. It all crystallised with a blog article written by Dr Mike Jasumback, FOAM a deontological ethos
At the moment #FOAMEd is conducted in a fairly ad hoc and random manner due to the fact its created in people’s spare time, with their own money and must fit around mundane things like actual work.
Haney , Rob and Dr Jeremy Faust had a Google hangout session and tried to map out a basic plan to structure the delivery and content of EmergencyMedicineCriticalCare #FOAMEd.
I joined in late but we seemed to be able to come up with a plan that looks something like this
- There should be two streams of EDCC #FOAMed – one for basic review and resident training, another for advanced review and attending/consultant training/discourse
- A regular monthly online journal club
- A case based learning online session
- A crazy concept I have of an online emergency airway training program
Much of what #FOAMEd is right now is the advanced stream , with discussion and debate about areas of controversy and advanced practice. This is by its very nature, unstructured and free flowing and whilst stimulation for advanced providers, it may not be helpful nor useful to trainees and residents. In fact it may well be distracting from review of core issues in training curriculum.
Now heaps of this training material is already collated in a huge repository that is Life in the Fast Lane. What Haney et al are suggesting is that we have a regular online forum , like a tutorial whereby volunteer senior mentors can go through cases , review core issues and the like, to help inspire and teach via a social media vehicle. There are some aspects of training that cannot be simply learnt by reading a textbook or blog site. For example oral exam preparation would be a perfect opportunity to utilise a senior mentor to strategise and individualise a better approach to performing under viva voce conditions.
OKay now for Haney and I to progress, we need to hear from the residents , registrars, medical students etc out there as to what you all think would be helpful in an online #FOAMEd curriculum?
For example, a monthly case based curriculum online could look something like this:
- Chest pain assessment and management
- The shocked patient
- The febrile child
- Severe trauma patient
- Common ENT emergency presentations
- Acutely agitated patient
- Common poisonings
- Acute Musculoskeletal/orthopaedic presentations
- Acute common neurologic presentations
- Lumps, bumps and rashes
- Acute respiratory presentations
- Medicolegal issues in EDCC
What do you think , folks?