FOAM Quality: #FOAMed Conundrum or Community Challenge?

In Knowledge Translation, Mentorship by Teresa Chan6 Comments

On Monday, April 27, 2015 we hosted a blog post about the @FOAMstarter project by Rob Bryant.  Today, I would like to continue the discussion around #FOAMed with a post about quality.  For all the newbies out there, I think it’s important for us to catch you up to the discussions we are having online about FOAM quality, and conveniently, it’s what I’m going to be guest speaking about today!

Today (April 30, 2015), I will be speaking at the University of Calgary’s research day on a very interesting panel with Drs. Rob Orman, James Ducharme, Chris Bond, and Andrew McRae.  However, much of the discussion started a few nights ago on April 28, 2015 when Dr. Bond starting barraging #FOAMed leaders with questions in preparation for our discussion today. Below is a Storify with some selected tweets that foreshadowed some discussion points that we were targeting to discuss at the U of C research day.

Meanwhile, a few weeks ago, I had the esteemed privilege of also delivering a talk the same topic at the #CORDaa15.


The summary of my talk can be found in the following infographic:

The above infographic can also be downloaded here  (FOAM Quality Handout by @TChanMD).

In true #FOAMed spirit, I would now like to invite you to share your thoughts on any of the ideas found in this post. Come out an add to the dialogue, be an engaged citizen of the 21st century – co-create some knowledge here today.


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Teresa Chan

Senior Editor at CanadiEM
Emergency Physician. Medical Educator. #FOAMed Supporter, Producer and Researcher. Chief Strategy Officer of CanadiEM. Associate Professor, Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, McMaster University.
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