EMS FOAM Primer for FDNY EMS Instructors

I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of EMS Instructors at the FDNY EMS Academy yesterday.  An expanded slideset from that talk can be found at the bottom of this post. The slides include a listing of essential EMS/prehospital related twitter accounts, blogs and hashtags and additional accounts suggested by the FOAMems community yesterday.  At the end of the slideset I’ve added links to general FOAM Primers from KI Docs and TamingtheSRU, and to Rob Rogers’ Twitter Video Series.

Twitter Lite

Below are two Twitter feeds, just in case you don’t feel like signing in to Twitter.  The first is a live #FOAMems feed and the other is generated from my EMS Resources List.  Subscribe to the list, if you have a Twitter account, here.

EMS FOAM Primer Slideset



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You Are What You Tweet – Professionalism and Social Media for GME

Embeded below is the slideset from a talk given recently to a group of GME faculty.  It’s part intro to social media and part exploration of the professionalism implications for physicians involved in social media.

The gist:

  1. Almost all residents and medical students have social media accounts, a majority check their accounts multiple times a day.  While most use social networks exclusively for personal purposes increasing numbers use social media for professional reasons as well.
  2. Social media involvement presents many potential professional and educational benefits to physicians, and to their patients.  These benefits likely outweigh any potential “risks”, assuming physicians act responsibly.
  3. Physicians must be mindful of their behavior online, just as they are in “real life”, and should adhere to professional standards.
  4. Patients search online for medical information and for physicians, and many contribute to physician ratings sites.  We have a professional duty to help identify and curate reliable resources for patients. We should also track, and take control of, our online reputation.
  5. Undergraduate and graduate medical educators have a duty to adapt to this new milieu. They need to provide support and guidance during formative years in medical school and residency as trainees adapt to new professional identities.

An extensive list of suggested readings can be found at the end of the slideset.  Visit also Ten Tips for FOAM Beginners by Dr. Chris Nickson, one of the founders of the FOAM movement.

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