Emerg Med J doi:10.1136/emermed-2013-203502
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Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM): the rise of emergency medicine and critical care blogs and podcasts (2002–2013)

  1. Michelle Lin4,6
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
  2. 2Learning Laboratory and Division of Medical Simulation, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  3. 3Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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  5. 5Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  6. 6Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Brent Thoma, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, EM Residency Training Program, Royal University Hospital, Room 2686 103 Hospital Drive, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 0W8; brent.thoma{at}
  • Received 8 December 2013
  • Accepted 25 January 2014
  • Published Online First 19 February 2014


Disruptive technologies are revolutionising continuing professional development in emergency medicine and critical care (EMCC). Data on EMCC blogs and podcasts were gathered prospectively from 2002 through November 2013. During this time there was a rapid expansion of EMCC websites, from two blogs and one podcast in 2002 to 141 blogs and 42 podcasts in 2013. This paper illustrates the explosive growth of EMCC websites and provides a foundation that will anchor future research in this burgeoning field.

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