FOAMdation is a project set up to enhance the education and knowledge of Foundation Doctors (interns in case you’re not from the UK) with free, open access information.
We know how it feels to start a career as a doctor and the steep learning curve involved in translating knowledge gained from medical school into practising as a doctor. It is stressful and the curve is steep. Time is limited to spend actively seeking the information needed to ensure you practice as an evidence based doctor. The rotational nature of UK medical training results in a short space of time to develop comfort within a specialty and even less to find sources to inform your practise.
What if we could help flatten that curve? What if you could have a resource curated by doctors who have been or are in your situation in order to guide you and direct you to evidence and guidelines useful to your daily job? Maybe we can.
FOAMdation comprises a group of junior doctors from Foundation level upwards, based at and supported by the Countess of Chester Hospital in the North West of England. We hold a core belief that convenient, accessible and high quality medical education should be free and available regardless of location and time of day.
This is inspired by the FOAM movement in medical education.
FOAM stands for Free Open Access Medical education. If you want to know more, check out Life In The Fast Lane‘s posts on FOAM. Or search Twitter using #FOAMed. Whilst this has been a phenomenal movement and paradigm shift in medical education, little exists that regularly covers the basics for those at the start of their training and this is exactly where FOAMdation enters.
Every 2-3 weeks, a brand-spanking new podcast will be released. The topics will be guided by junior doctors and cover topics both clinical and non-clinical. They could be anything from the latest sepsis guidance to simply how to cope with being on call. We want to cover the topics that are important to our audience and welcome our followers to get in touch whether that’s by discussing our posts via comments, twitter, facebook or by email.
All our podcasts are reviewed by our team prior to publication to ensure they are appropriate to our audience. It may well be enjoyable to seek out the latest evidence and research regarding a condition, disease or treatment but we focus on the basics of care and working as a doctor and that is how our resources should be taken. Whatever evidence we do discuss, we will endeavour, to provide links so you can read for yourself and form your own opinions. Where you find information that you may feel could alter your practise, we strongly encourage you to discuss it with your seniors and colleagues.