Welcome to the FOAM revolution
This article first appeared in the August 2013 edition of Pulse+IT Magazine.
So what is FOAM? FOAM stands for Free Open Access Medical Education. It’s a collective term for all the online medical education resources that have become available over the last 10 years. The overall aim of FOAM is to maximise online free learning opportunities for health professionals.
As online technology has developed, more and more health professionals have been posting free content online. Eventually, it became difficult to keep track of what was available – FOAM is a term coined by Perth-based emergency doctor Mike Cadogan that ties them all together under one name.
FOAM comes in many shapes and sizes – there are content, platform and presentation styles to suit everyone’s learning needs.
Blogs are popping up all over the place. Individuals or groups with similar interests set up a blog or website where they publish regular posts. These can be specific educational posts where they discuss teaching on a particular topic, or they can be more general posts about a personal experience or learning point.
Dr Tessa Davis
BSc(Hons), MBChB, MA, MRCPCH
Tessa Davis is a paediatric emergency trainee at Sydney Children’s Hospital. She created www.guidelinesforme.com, an online, crowd-sourced database of clinical guidelines; www.learnmed.com.au, a not-for-profit social enterprise; and www.iclinicalapps.com, a mobile app development company.
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