The recent popularity of Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMed) has made it so easy to learn, even on the go.

There are so many podcasts, websites, and courses to take that it can almost seem overwhelming. The number one question that people approach me with is ‘where do I start?’ Obviously, no matter what we do there is always a starting point.  Education and training is no different. If you reach a point at which you feel there should be a supplement to your education, FOAMed resources can help. There are hundreds of FOAMed sites for all types of specialties from emergency medicine to critical care.

The best piece of advice I can offer is to pick a podcast. This will get you started on something new and entertaining. Once you get into a podcast series, then you can venture into other podcasts. The big question to the reader is what are YOU looking for? Depending on what you are looking for, there could be a variety of podcasts and FOAMed sites for you. Deciding you want to learn more about ultrasound for example would lead you to specific sites and podcasts. Don’t be afraid to try something new. It can be a little intimidating at first, but give it a try and see what you think. This day and time almost all podcasts are friendly to whatever devices you may own or prefer. Just search and the world is yours!

As for recommendations for the new FOAMed podcaster out there, I would start with something like the EMCrit podcast or any number of great EMS podcasts out there. Most of these people do this on their own time with no financial help from the outside, so help them out and give them a listen and review. One of the easiest ways to get started is to ask your fellow EMS/Critical Care co-workers what they listen to. You will find they will have a lot more to say than you previously thought. Finally, be open to change, but not too quickly.

We cannot change our practices based on what we heard on a podcast. However, we can search for the EBM practices and perhaps drive change through that. This article was just a thought provoking one for those unsure about podcasts and things. If you have any questions feel free to contact me personally. Thanks for taking the time to read this post. Please head over to www.distancecme.com to check out our latest course offerings. Don’t forget about all the classes that will be offered around the clock leading to the March 31, 2018 National Registry deadline. Please be safe out there and always remember to think like a clinician.