How to Consume (Thorma et al):

  1. Use a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) reader. Visiting each individual blog and website you are interested in is time consuming. RSS readers allow you to select individual sites, blogs, journals, etc and the reader will upload each post or publication to one location. Examples:
  2. Organize your podcasts (there’s an app for that!)
    • Podcasts (iOS)
    • AntennaPod (Android)
  3. Find Quality Resources. This is arguably the most important, but most difficult. There are some sites that compile and review foam (LTFL R&R and FOAM EM). In addition, it is very important to have you own personal system that questions the validity and applicability of everything we read. Notably, studies have shown that while entertaining lecturers are more effective, entertainment value can also deceive students as to the educational content (Ware et al; Naftulin et al). Recently, several medical educators have developed a “checklist” to evaluate the quality of both blogs and podcasts:
  4. Use Social Networks (see below for more information)
  5. Use Custom FOAM search Engines


How to Create:


In case you’re still not convinced:



  1. Naftulin et al. “The Doctor Fox Lecture: a paradigm of educational seduction.” J Med Educ. 1973;48(7):630-5.
  2. Thorma et al. “Five Strategies to Effectively Use Online Resources in Emergency Medicine.” Annals of Emergency Medicine.  2014;64(4)392-5
  3. Ware et al. “The Dr. Fox effect: a study of lecturer effectiveness and ratings of instruction.” J Med Educ. 1975;50(2)149-56