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Emerg Med J. 2014 Oct;31(e1):e76-7. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2013-203502. Epub 2014 Feb 19.

Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM): the rise of emergency medicine and critical care blogs and podcasts (2002-2013).

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
Learning Laboratory and Division of Medical Simulation, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Research Collaboration.
3 Research Collaboration Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
4 Research Collaboration Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA.


Disruptive technologies are revolutionising continuing professional development in emergency medicine and critical care (EMCC). Data on EMCC blogs and podcasts were gathered prospectively from 2002 through November 2013. During this time there was a rapid expansion of EMCC websites, from two blogs and one podcast in 2002 to 141 blogs and 42 podcasts in 2013. This paper illustrates the explosive growth of EMCC websites and provides a foundation that will anchor future research in this burgeoning field.


Education; Education, Teaching; Emergency Department; Intensive Care

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