FOAMed Resource Series Part III: Pediatrics

Author: Brit Long, MD (@long_brit, EM Attending Physician, SAUSHEC) // Edited by: Alex Koyfman, MD (@EMHighAK, EM Attending Physician, UTSW / Parkland Memorial Hospital)

Welcome to Part III of the FOAMed Resource Series. Part I evaluated the ECG (, and Part II evaluated US resources ( Today’s post will evaluate Pediatric EM FOAMed. Many providers are not as comfortable with pediatric patients as compared to adults. After all, we are commonly taught “kids are not just little adults.” Though many challenge this notion, pediatric EM can be challenging.

These websites and podcasts were chosen based on useful education pearls, validity of content, impact on clinical practice, and clear citation of references and authors. This serves as an overview of several top education pediatric resources. If you have found other great resources, please mention them in the comments below!


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One of the finest for pediatric EM content, Dr. Tim Horeczko’s Pediatric Emergency Playbook is an amazing resource. This podcast and blog provides reviews on key conditions in the pediatric ED including headache, approach to shock, and multisystem trauma. Each post and podcast is chock-full of useful tips, tricks, and lessons. The Pediatric Emergency Playbook is one of the best resources on this list.


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PEM ED, or “Pediatric Emergency Medicine an Education and Directional Podcast,” is a great podcast with show notes from Dr. Andy Sloas. This resource provides content in three different formats for podcasts: specialist interview, lecture, or a case presentation. Most podcasts are 20-30 minutes, though some of the more in-depth content reaches up to an hour. This podcast, with show-notes for each cast, provides the nuts and bolts evaluation and management of many conditions in the pediatric ED.


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Pediatric EM Morsels is a site run by Dr. Sean Fox that provides almost weekly posts on a multitude of conditions. Each submission is presented in bullet form with references and the most recent literature. The site contains content from EM topic areas ranging from critical care to dermatology going back to 2010. For those of you on the run with only a couple of moments, this resource will give you the must-know information.


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Don’t Forget the Bubbles (DFTB) is a pediatric blog created and run by Tessa Davis, Henry Goldstein, Ben Lawton, and Andrew Tagg. This resource is now in its third year. DFTB contains an amazing variety of content including clinical topics, ECG library, radiology interpretation, quick reference sheets, podcast of the week, and literature reviews.


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The podcast and blog empem provides one of the most comprehensive resources on this list. Podcasts range from 10 minutes to one hour, with the majority of content from Drs. Colin Parker, Susan Fairbrother, Kate Bradman, and Rachel Rowlands. If you enjoy podcasts and pediatric EM, this is a great resource for in-depth understanding of pediatric EM.


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PEMgeek is a great site for those beginning their journey into FOAMed, as this blog provides a “concentrated stream of the best free, open access pediatric education material from around the web.” The site comes from a Paediatric registrar in London. This blog also contains links to reviews of other topics and clinical guidelines.


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PEMBlog from Dr. Brad Sobolewski covers a wide variety of topics, with blog posts, videos, and podcast (PEM Currents). The site contains literature reviews in the form of “reading lists,” quick reviews in “briefs,” and core content in the form of “starter packs.”


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PEM Academy is an online blog with several great features. The “Hot Seat” provides cases with questions based on clinical dilemmas found in the pediatric ED. Comments from readers and post authors are enlightening and enjoyable to follow. ECG modules take learners through several pediatric-based ECGs. “Article of the Week” is a section updated weekly with a new study selected by PEM faculty, with a short discussion. The “Best Evidence” section contains links to literature evaluating the facts behind what we do in the ED. Finally, an US section contains cases and videos for US use in the ED.

That’s it for this week’s FOAMed resources. Next up, we’re covering toxicology resources. See you then!

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