What is FOAMed?

What is FOAM

FOAM is the movement that has spontaneously emerged from the exploding collection of constantly evolving, collaborative and interactive open access medical education resources being distributed on the web. FOAM is independent of platform or media — it includes blogs, podcasts, tweets, Google hangouts, online videos, text documents, photographs, facebook groups, and a whole lot more.

FOAM should not be seen as a teaching philosophy or strategy, but rather as a globally accessible crowd-sourced educational adjunct providing inline (contextual) and offline (asynchronous) content to augment traditional educational principles.   – from Life in the Fast Lane

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On April 1st, 2014 EM Cases joined the FOAM world by making the entire EM Cases library of podcasts and written material universally accessible and free as well as becoming active and engaged on #FOAMed Twitter and Google+.

We believe that together with asynchronous learning and the flipped classroom, FOAM is the future of medical education and lifelong learning.


FOAM is a concept, a movement, a drive, for creative collaboration from globally situated altruistically orientated healthcare professionals. FOAM is a call to arms. A means of collating and curating the growing wealth of online education resources which are free and easy to access. FOAM embraces ideas, people and concepts as the global medical community, bringing together like-minded people, groups and associations to deliver high quality FREE medical education resources to all healthcare practitioners anywhereanytime…        – -from Life in the Fast Lane



What the Medical Journals say about FOAM…

FOAM and the Era of Online Medical Education. American Academy of Emergency Medicine. October 01, 2013.

FOAM: the Internet, social media and medical education EMJ Supplement October 2013


Social Media and Physician Learning – Annals of Emergency Medicine – November 2013

The impact of social media on a major international emergency medicine conference Emerg Med J 19 February 2013 doi:10.1136/emermed-2012-202039

FOAM for the emergency physician. Chris Nickson & Mike Cadogan. Emergency Medicine Australasia, Volume 26, Issue 1, 76-83, February 2014.