Goldstein, H. PAC Conference: Baker on The FOAM Revolution, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2015. Available at:
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Dr Michael Baker is an Emergency Physician working at both Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital for Children. He a long time contributor Life in the Fast Lane. In this 2013 lecture, he introduces the concept of Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM) to the PAC Conference.
The FOAM Revolution – Dr Michael Baker
- FOAM is Free Open Access Medical education.
- It encourages participants to engage in the cycle of knowledge.
- FOAM is excellent for motivated learners, and provides asynchronous learning.
- One of the goals of FOAM is to break down knowledge silos.
- FOAM inherently blurs the lines between teachers & learners.
- Dr Baker gives a nice worked example, with mention of a number of FOAM sites (including Pediatric EM Morsels, St Emlyn’s, The NNT).
- One of the strengths of FOAM is the ability for rapid feedback; something that conventional publishers are adopting.
- There are some good questions at the end of the lecture about how to appraise the reliability and trustworthiness of FOAM content.
- FOAM needs to be read in combination with the source literature.
Many users of DFTB are familiar with the concept of FOAM – it’s what we do! It’s worth noting that at the time of Dr Baker’s lecture, FOAM was a relatively new concept. Since then, FOAM has been the core principle of two further conferences and has grown significant momentum as a global movement for medical education. For more on the history of FOAM, we strongly advise you to read Life in the Fast Lane’s About FOAM article.