FOAM for University of Melbourne MD Student Conference 2014


  • This page collates resources supporting my presentation on FOAM at the University of Melbourne MD Student Conference 2014, titled ‘Come Join the FOAM Party’.
  • The page will be revised and updated based on discussions and questions asked at the conference.


(Don’t look at them before attending the talk!)

FOAM for University of Melbourne MD Student Conference 2014 from precordialthump


The Brindley story

What is FOAM?

  • Nickson CP, Cadogan MD. Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM) for the emergency physician. Emerg Med Australas. 2014 Feb;26(1):76-83. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.12191. PubMed PMID: 24495067. [Free Full Text]
  • From Hippocrates to Osler to FOAM (LITFL)
  • EMCC Blog Update 2013 (LITFL)
  • Social Media & Emergency Medicine Learning (EM Cases Podcast)
  • Cadogan M, Thoma B, Chan TM, Lin M. Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM): the rise of emergency medicine and critical care blogs and podcasts (2002-2013). Emerg Med J. 2014 Feb 19. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2013-203502. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24554447.

Benefits of FOAM

Problems with FOAM

How to use FOAM effectively

Twitter hashtags (my Twitter account is @precordialthump)

FOAM resources mentioned in the presentation

Suggested LITFL resources

Patient images

CCC 700 6

Critical Care


Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He is a co-founder of the Australia and New Zealand Clinician Educator Network (ANZCEN) and is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme. He is on the Board of Directors for the Intensive Care Foundation and is a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.

After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.

He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE.  He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.

His one great achievement is being the father of three amazing children.

On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.

| INTENSIVE | RAGE | Resuscitology | SMACC

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