FOAMed Resources Part VII: Medical Education and Simulation

Authors: Brit Long, MD (@long_brit, EM Attending Physician, SAUSHEC) and Manpreet Singh, MD (@MPrizzleER – Associate Editor-in-Chief; Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine / Department of Emergency Medicine – Harbor-UCLA Medical Center)// Edited by: Alex Koyfman, MD (@EMHighAK)

Not all emergency physicians work in an academic center. However, all physicians teach, whether this includes nurses, technicians, residents, consultants, or medical students. Education is part of who we are. Whether by text, video, audio, experience, simulation, or a combination, we are constantly learning. Education is a core component of everyone who works in the medical field. A provider can have tremendous impact on the department through education of techs, nurses, students, residents, and other physicians.

Part VII of the FOAMed series will evaluate education and simulation resources. The following list is comprised of blogs/podcasts with great education pearls, valid contact, and major impact on EM, with clear reference citation. If you have found other great resources, please mention them in the comments below!




When it comes to clinical teaching, LIFTL offers a tremendous guide with references, an approach to teaching, and overview of different types of learners and teaching methods. This is a great place to start.




FlippedEM Classroom provides educators with a virtual platform for core knowledge. The site also contains a link ( with tips to teaching and using educational resources, along with links to the CDEM curriculum. The tips page covers multimedia use, forming objectives, segment lessons, quizzes, classroom discussion, providing feedback, using scripts, and more.




The Mayo Clinic EMBlog offers a fantastic video series on teaching in emergency medicine. Dustin Leigh and Daniel Cabrera cover preparing to teach, asking questions, goal setting, learning, feedback, and skills. Overall this series is a tremendous resource.




The CDEM Curriculum site serves as a resource for medical students and clerkship directors. This is great for EM clerkship directors, as content focuses on third year, fourth year, and peds EM students. Videos, diagrams, and curriculum notes are provided. This resource is extremely helpful for those forming a curriculum. The EM Stud Podcast offers medical students an understanding of the application process and how to excel in EM.


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Academic Life in Emergency Medicine is designed for educators of all levels. The blog contains material not only on clinical content (learning capsules, AIR series, Tricks of the Trade, Diagnosis on Sight), but many non-clinical topics including simulation and educational techniques. The IDEA series provides material on cases, simulation, and procedural education, while the MEdIC series addresses challenging educational/learner scenarios.




The Teaching Course Podcast comes from the originators of the Teaching Course. It is dedicated to providing educators with techniques and inspiration to teach those of all levels. Episodes including developing a network, asking great questions, designing a lecture or talk, the flipped classroom, and feedback.




This blog from the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine provides posts on bedside teaching, publishing research, developing curriculum, remediation, asynchronous teaching, interviews, and procedural teaching. Each post is well-written and researched, providing succinct educational tips.




EM Sim Cases provides tremendous simulation cases, each with educational objectives and goals. Cases are broken down into subject matter (cardiology, toxicology, OB, GI, trauma, etc.), with each containing downloadable content covering a case vignette, objectives, required equipment, study results (ECG, Xray, labs), timing, key actions, teaching points, and references. Authors also provide tips on mannequin use. This is a premier simulation resource for emergency medicine.




The Sim Tech site provides downloadable simulation cases, all with objectives, key actions, and learning points. Videos on moulage, or applying mock injuries to add realism, are an important feature of this website. The blog also contains examples images, ECGs, ultrasound videos, Xrays, and injury photos.




The Skeptics’ Guide to EM (SGEM) uses social media to disseminate the most current literature. This evidence-based medicine resources provides succinct literature reviews of studies that will affect your daily practice of medicine. The goal of SGEM is to shorten knowledge translation from 10 years to less than one year. Several sections include “Hot of the Press”, “Paper in a Pic”, “Xtra”, and “Journal Club.” This is a great blog for those interested in constructing an EBM curriculum or journal clubs.




St. Emlyn’s EM contains content ranging from core topics to educational techniques and theories, and the site aims at improving EM through free and open access education. The topic page links to educational posts, and the journal club category contains gold nuggets on how to conduct a journal club, posts on literature search/question design, and appraisal checklists. Sample Journal Clubs are provided, with links to the separate studies. A great place to start includes the educational theories page (, which offers a foundation for educators.




CanadiEM aims to improve emergency care in Canada and around the world by building an online community of practice for healthcare practitioners and providing them with high quality, freely available educational resources. Content ranges from clinical topics and flashcards to educational skills and simulation ( Mentorship tips, student resources (CaRMS), and even department flow hacks make for an amazing resource.




First 10 EM makes the list again. This blog from Justin Morgenstern provides monthly literature updates, great blog posts on managing sick patients, and videos. The simulation page contains simulation resources, guidelines, and debriefing information.




scanFOAM contains a blog that asks experts in simulation “How I Sim.” This is a great series investigating how people in medical education look at teaching, simulation, debriefing, and simulation in the future. Several other lectures provide theories and tips on simulation and education.


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This blog and podcast (KeyLIME) provide great educational and simulation resources. The blog has posts on educational literature, educational design, simulation, technology, educational leadership, and scholarship. The podcast addresses common educational issues such as resident evaluation, duty hours, feedback, competency, running a clerkship, and much more.


That’s it for education and simulation resources. Please comment if you have found other blogs/podcasts providing great educational content.

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