Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM): the rise of emergency medicine and critical care blogs and podcasts (2002-2013)

Emerg Med J. 2014 Oct;31(e1):e76-7. doi: 10.1136/emermed-2013-203502. Epub 2014 Feb 19.


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.

Keywords: Education; Education, Teaching; Emergency Department; Intensive Care.

MeSH terms

  • Access to Information*
  • Blogging / statistics & numerical data*
  • Critical Care*
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Humans
  • Webcasts as Topic / statistics & numerical data*