Over the past two years BoringEM has grown in a way that I never could have imagined. The cute little blog with the quirky name has developed an editorial process and attracts >300,000 views each year. This growth is largely attributable to the core editorial staff and the increasingly frequent contributions of its readers. Over time, BoringEM has developed a niche as a FOAM website that is operated by learners and fosters the contributions of learners.
In keeping with that niche, there have been several changes occurring on the editorial board as Dr. Teresa Chan and I continue our transition into Faculty roles. Teresa and I have scaled back our editorial responsibilities to make room for Drs. Eve Purdy and Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos to transition into Senior Editors. While we will be readily available to provide them with advice and assistance whenever it is needed, Eve and Luckett will be running the day-to-day operations of BoringEM and deserve all credit for the ongoing evolution of this website. We have every confidence in their abilities and believe that this transition will allow BoringEM to best meet its objectives of “Bringing the Boring to EM” while at the same time fostering the writing and editorial skills of the next generation of academic emergency physicians. At the same time, the frequency of posts on BoringEM will be decreasing to 1/week (Mondays) for the foreseeable future to ensure that our new editorial staff are able to juggle their new roles and clinical responsibilities.
On behalf of Teresa and I, I would like to thank our readers and the FOAM community for the support that they have given us over the past year. There is no way that we could have kept this project going without your engagement and support. While we are taking a step back from BoringEM, we are beginning work on a new, bigger project that we hope to be able to tell you about soon. It’s very Canadiem.
Brent Thoma MD MA