Socializing Medical Education - From (almost) Free Medical Care to (almost) Free Medical Education

Presenters: Todd Raine

Institution: University of British Columbia


This presentation was given at Richmond General Hospital Education Rounds on 24 Jan, 2014. Thanks to Dr Dean Smith for inviting me to present. Unfortunately the Screencast of the presentation did not function properly, so there is no recording available.

Below is a list of links to sites and tools I talked about, along with some supplementary material. Questions from the rounds I was unable to answer fully, I will make an attempt to answer here.

My SoMe Primer for the UBC DEM

Times they are a'changing

"Just do good, and we'll find a meeting point"


CMA Social Media Considerations

CMA SoMe and Canadian Physicians

CPSBC Policy on SoMe

The Mayo Clinic 12 word Social Media Policy
Don’t Lie, Don’t Pry
Don’t Cheat, Can’t Delete
Don’t Steal, Don’t Reveal

Mayo Clinic Centre for Social Media

Anne Marie Cunningham has 2 recent post on Professionalism in SoMe:

SoMe and Medical Professionalism

Social media as part of a new professionalism


FOAM (Free Open Access Meducation)

FOAM Facts Fallacies & Foibles

A Student's Perspective

Journals and Traditional Media Issues and Opportunities

EMCrit's Journals

ALiEM Discussing Annals EM article: Social Media and Physician Learning

Peer review: a flawed process at the heart of science and journals

Time to publish then filter?

The Wisdom of Crowd Review

PubMed Commons

ArXiv (Wikipedia on ArXiv)

Publishers acting like 4 year olds…

Drinking from the Firehose

EBM’s Six Dangerous Words

Most of what we do in medicine is unsupported by evidence.

The Role of Experience in an Evidence-Based Practice

"To keep pressing the standard of EBM approach is like asking everyone who wishes to make a cake to buy the wheat to grind their own flour, refine their own sugar, and extract their own flavorings before ever starting the cake. Cakes aren’t made this way."

Discussion of Information Management on ALiEM

New Literacies from Brian Vartabedian



The Originating Article by Guenther Eysenbach

Dr Eysenbach expands the notion

A good primer from Scholarly Kitchen

A Definition of Apomediation

Apps and Web Resources


Twitter (@FOAMStarter, @RaineDoc)

FOAM-EM (RSS Feed of FOAM Blogs)

RSS Reader - Feedbin (not free), Feedly (free)



QxMD Read (Web Service) (iOS App)

Pocket (Web Service) (iOS App) (Android App)



Google Scholar

Wikipedia (WikiProject Medicine)







Key Points & Objectives

  • Introduce Social Media and other online tools to support medical education
  • Introduce the FOAM concept and philosophy
  • Introduce the concepts of Information Overload and Information Management
  • Give an example of a workflow to create an educational object using these tools
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