Free Open Access Meducation – FOAM and #FOAMed

What is FOAM?

FOAM is:

and #FOAMed?

#FOAMed is:
the Twitter hashtag for FOAM resources

“FOAM is the movement that has spontaneously emerged from the exploding collection of constantly evolving, collaborative and interactive open access medical education resources being distributed on the web with one objective — to make the world a better place. FOAM is independent of platform or media — it includes blogs, podcasts, tweets, Google hangouts, online videos, text documents, photographs, facebook groups, and a whole lot more.” (
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Healthtalkonline – patient video vignettes

Screenshot from is a UK based charity which interviews real patients and families about health conditions and experiences.

How can you use this resource in your teaching?
Provide students with a link to the most useful page/s for their learning.

Share a vignette in your teaching.

Engage students in a discussion (in class, by blog, use a discussion forum) about the reported patient or family experience.

Finding a page to use
The ‘a-z of conditions‘ (top right on the homepage) provides a list of topics covered.

The main structure is: Category (Heart disease); Type (High blood pressure); then Popular topic (Changes to diet) or People’s Stories (all interviews).

Need more help
Click the ‘How to use this site…‘ (bottom centre of the homepage) link for instructions.

See also
Real Patients discuss their health conditions

Real Patients discuss their health conditions

Real patients and their families discussing cancer, anxiety, asthma, grief and trauma, epilepsy and others …
The library has completed subscribing to the media streaming site Kanopy including 54 episodes of Real Time Health’s Speaking from Experience series.

Screenshot from Real Time Health

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Clinical Anatomy eCases

There is a need to introduce new techniques in anatomy teaching that integrate basic and clinical knowledge content, but don’t overload students with details or use lots of time to complete.
Our online tool – RCA eCases – asks students to self-learn some clinical anatomy, challenging them to integrate this learning with the content knowledge from that day’s lecture and labs. This combination allows a tension free working environment, provides feedback and links to external resources. It is much more than another online tutorial or MCQ test page.
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