What is FOAMed?
FOAM stands for Free, Open Access Meducation (medical education). It is an umbrella term used to describe any and all online, freely accessible medication education content. Content may be in the form of social media, blog, podcast, website or app. It may be generated by an individual, group or be freely available materials released by traditional publishers. As long as it is free to access, widely available and conveys medical knowledge, it’s FOAM.
FOAM is the brainchild of Mike Cadogan (@sandnsurf), an Australian EP and co-founding of the phenomenal website, Life in the Fast Lane. He realized that, despite his best efforts, doctors, conservative bunch that we are, did not respond well to “social media.” FOAM was born as a means of making education and knowledge sharing through social media palatable.