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Congratulations to Sameer Sharif, 2017 Essentials of EM / CanadiEM Fellow!

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On behalf of the CanadiEM and Essentials of Emergency Medicine teams, we are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2017 Fellowship contest is Dr. Sameer Sharif! Sameer is a 3rd year resident in the FRCPC Emergency Medicine program at McMaster University. His submission, entitled ß-Blockers for Refractory Ventricular Fibrillation in Cardiac Arrest was rated highly by all three of the Editors who reviewed it. Beyond being well written, appropriately referenced, and interesting, …

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Happy 1st Birthday, CanadiEM! Our Year in Review

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Well, it’s been a heck of a first year for the CanadiEM team!   Thank you so much to the amazing FOAM community for welcoming us into the fold and continuing to engage with our team and our content. With your support, our new site has clocked over 600,000 pageviews from over 9000 cities/regions in 201 countries in our first year of operation! This post outlines our year in review and serves to …

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Bleeding and Clotting: A SoMe-based Needs Assessment

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This year Bob Stuntz published a study in Annals of EM1 which showed that, while Free Open Access Medical education (FOAM) content was doing a great job of covering certain ‘sexy’ topics, it has not covered less exciting areas as well. This is not surprising given FOAM’s crowd-sourced nature, but we wonder if there isn’t a better way. This question led us to propose a study to determine whether a social media based …

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We welcome ERMentor, Nadim Lalani, to CanadiEM!

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Dr. Nadim Lalani has been a member of the FOAM (Free Open Access Medical education) movement longer than most. He was one of the folks around that bar table in Dublin when the term FOAM was coined and had one of the earlier websites, ERMentor.com. Back when I was a little 2nd year resident I recall him telling me about this “Life in the Fast Lane” blog that I just “had to follow.” I recall …