For those like me, that have seen FOAMed recently on social media, but like me were afraid to ask what it means http://lifeinthefastlane.com/foam/ (Free Open Access Meducation)
There really is nothing new.
Like Evidence Based Medicine. We used to call this The Scientific Method. We postulated a hypothesis, wrote a study, executed data collection, and reported the results. Changed clinical practice based on the results. Evidence Based.
There is only new names for what we already knew about for years.
Example; once years ago a Medic told me about his PEA case. I had no idea what he was talking about. He asked my to pull out my ACLS to check the expiration. Turned out he was talking about EMD, which meant I needed a new ACLS Class.
Please folks, don’t be too distracted by new acronyms. If Tom Bouthillet says it’s a topic worth following and being open-minded about , then I will. But I’m pretty sure FOAMed is just a Twitter hashtag for talking about medical education.
I am unconvinced this is a movement or religion despite the fact that so many either describe themselves as a FOAMed “devotee” or “avid supporter”.