There have been many discussions and debates about the role of FOAM (free open-access meducation) in medical education, the pros, the cons and whether or not it really is useful.
It may not be for everyone, yet for some individuals – especially those who are remote or isolated – FOAM has transformed how they learn, engage and enjoy medicine. A great example of this — one the RAGE team recommends you read — is Natasha Pirie-Burley’s account, Bubbles in the Wilderness: All about FOAM, published on the Adventure Medic blog.
“In 2007 I struggled to find my passion or heroes within my workplace. I listened to closed minds and wondered why everyone was, “just getting through it”. It was un-inspiring and at times depressing. I resigned from my job in the UK and headed to the wilderness of America, New Zealand, Nepal, and Australia. I was searching for heroes and inspiration relevant to my life. Then last year, by chance, I found that Mawson’s bravery, Shackleton’s leadership, Dean Potter’s composure and the family Robinson’s ingenuity were right here at my fingertips and living in these medical pioneers of FOAM.”
— excerpt from Bubbles in the Wilderness: All about FOAM by Natasha Pirie-Burley
Back in RAGE Session Two we discussed ‘Thrombolysis for Submassive Pulmonary Embolus’. This was actually just before the PEITHO trial was published, though we were able to anticipate many of the findings thanks to the wonders of the web.
Just in case you still thought cricoid pressure was a good idea, listen to the RAGE team’s newest member John Hinds at smaccGOLD. Hinds is an anaesthetist, intensivist and a motorcycle-riding prehospital resuscitationist based in Northern Ireland. In this debate he will tell you about ‘cricolol’.
John parodies cricoid pressure by encouraging us to imagine that this procedure is a drug… Yep, might as well use it as a suppository.
The entire RAGE team were at smaccGOLD, and we loved every minute of it.
Of course, Cliff Reid stole the show as per usual with his talk on ‘When should resuscitation stop?” (look out for it on the SMACC podcast in the coming months) but all the RAGE team made huge contributions to the critical care conference of the millennium.
This was the first time the entire RAGE team were in one place at the same time – rather than connected via Skype over the Internet – so we took the chance to record some audio. We managed to include a few friends too… Though, as always, the best bits will probably have to be edited out ;-)
Look out for the next RAGE podcast featuring these SMACCers: