This is Dr Pendo George from Tanzania. I met her in Sydney at SMACC where she was a SMACCreach representative. SMACCreach was the possibly the best thing about SMACC this year. The organising committee ran an excellent program this year bringing leaders from countries around the world. These people are creating entirely new specialties in their home countries. These people are heroes. Their task is HUGE.
Have a listen and learn a bit about how it all works in Tanzania.
Anyone who has listened to more than a couple of Jellybean podcasts will know that we have been banging on about the idea that #FOAMed should try to respond to the people and places that need Free Open Access Medical Education. To do that we all need to understand that one size does not fit all.
We have to think of different professions, different stages of peoples careers, different languages and the different systems in which our colleagues work. There is no “us and them” there is only “us”. Dr Pendo George is one of us but she has a harder job than almost anyone else you have ever met. If you just lend her your ears you will understand more about what emergency medicine services are like for nearly 60 million people.
There is great potential for FOAMed to be a useful resource for vast numbers of people. You are a part of that. All you have to do is listen to Dr George. Be informed.
There are so many things to build
Have a listen to what it is like to work in her shop. Learn a bit about another version of emergency medicine.
Have you been to Tanzania?Think about it.
Have a look at these other resources mentioned and referred to in the podcast.
- African Federation for Emergency Medicine (AFEM)
- Brave African discussions in Emergency Medicine (#badEM)
Specifically related to the idea of Freely ACCESSIBLE Medical Education you should look at this lost from Dr Kat Evans;
- Tips for FOAMed groups based in High Income Countries to help become Freely ACCESSIBLE Medical Education (FAME)
Doug Lynch and a sprinkling of Matt Mac Partlin