Free Open Access Meducation – Useful Web-Based Resources

I have attempted to gather links to websites both colleagues and I found very useful in the preparation for the ACEM Part 2 Fellowship exam and also for ongoing learning. This list is fairly lengthy but by no means exhaustive (!) .

Read more about Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM) here:

EM Google: is a unified search of all the FOAMed resources on the Web.

1. Emergency Medicine Blogs: Australasian

Life in the Fast Lane:                                                                Fantastic Emergency Medicine and Critical care educational resource, contains most of the past exam papers for the ACEM Fellowship exam from around 2003 and also CICM fellowship exam papers.

ED Exam:
The focus of this blog is mostly around sitting and passing the ACEM fellowship exam. If you register with the site there is a wealth of resources; an online repository of notes and flashcards and podcasts on surviving the “part 2”.

NSW Fellowship Exam:
Website for the NSW Fellowship exam course. Links to past papers and mock exams.
Check out ResusTV – some very good video blogs of recorded lectures.

Resus ME:
Resus.ME exists to help you keep up to date in all aspects of life-saving medicine, from acute medicine and paediatrics, to emergency and critical care medicine, and even pre-hospital care. For those aiming at being a resuscitation specialist.

Resus Room Management:
Managing the resuscitation – crew resource management and human factors blog.

EM Tutorials:
A good resource for junior ED Docs – NZ based site.

ACEM E-Learning:
ACEM resource to keep up to date with courses and resources – including clinical ethics, communication, ultrasound accreditation, overcrowding, management, toxicology and trauma. Needs your ACEM site logon to access. Includes online “moodles” (e-learning modules), forums and discussion papers.

Intensive Care Network:
Aimed at Australasian Intensive Care Trainees. Blog posts, exam resources and podcasts.

The Sharp End:
An emergency medicine resource by our Auckland collegues at Middlemore Hospital.

Broome Docs:
Online resource for Rural GP’s and Proceduralists, has a very interesting clinical case section.

Club Mona: Emergency Medicine Education:
A blog much like our own, worth a look especially for the paeds RSI checklist video.

KeeWee Doc:
Rural EM in New Zealand – some good cases discussed, useful for junior EM docs.

2. Emergency Medicine Blogs: International

Emergency Medicine Updates:
Huge repository of flashcards, developed by the author when studying for the US EM Board exams (developed from Rosens 5th Edition). Useful revision tool for ACEM Fellowship exam.

St Emlyns:
Is a collection of people and projects aimed at improving Emergency Medicine. Linked to the Manchester based “Best-Bets” EBM team.

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine:
Blog posts also condensed into “paucis verbis” cards – a useful study website.

I Teach EM:
The art and science of teaching and learning emergency medicine and critical care.

Better in Emergency Medicine:
A blog to “explore topics related to becoming a better academician, running a better emergency department, making emergency care safer, and becoming a leading force for change”.

Emergency Medicine Ireland:

3. Podcasts and Vodcasts

EMCrit Blog:
A discussion of the practice of ED critical care. A mixture of podcasts, vodcasts and blog posts. An awesome EM resource.

Good resource for podcasts. “Focused discussions on the questions, quagmires and known unknowns we face everyday in the emergency department”.

EM Cases:
CME audio program, check out the “best cases ever” section.

Smart EM:

Free Emergency Medicine Talks:
More than 2000 MP3’s recorded at lectures and meetings around the world. Includes some very inspirational talks on leadership and why we practice emergency medicine.

Paeds EM:

Ultrasound Videos:
Many Vimeo posts demonstrating positive FAST scans amongst many others.

4. Others:

Pre-Hospital / HEMS:                                                                                                                 PHARM:                                                                                              Pre-Hospital and retrieval medicine blog and podcasts.

Cardiology (ECG’s):                                                                                                                         Amal Mattu’s ECG Videos:                                                                     Dr Smith’s ECG Blog:                                                            These two blogs on ECG’s are brilliant – usually linked with a case discussion.

Radiology:                                                                                                                                                                                  Online radiology tutorials
Online Norfolk Image Interpretation course – valuable site for both Part 1 Anatomy and Part 2 Fellowship exam study. Really good website.
Radiology cases in Paeds Emergency Medicine.

ED Ultrasound:
See the Ultrasound section of the Improving Care in ED website for other useful links.

Paediatrics:                                                                                                                             Paeds EM:                                                                                                             Free podcasts, well worth listening to.

Paeds Radiology:

Trauma                                                                                                                                                  ED Trauma and Critical Care:

One of the best Trauma sites on the we.  Also good interactive case scenarios (need to open these in firefox on ADHB computers)
Trauma blog

“A critical update and evaluation of recent scientific literature, news stories, and cultural events related to the field of medical toxicology”.

Medical Education / Simulation:                                                                                                                                         Sim and Choppers:

Procedural:                                                                                                                                   Regional Anaesthesia:                                                                                        Good resource for regional anaesthesia, anatomy, landmarks including US guided techniques.

Good landmark descriptions and pictures for the large joints.


Evidence Based Medicine:                                                                                                                 Best Bets:                                                                                                       A searchable database for rapid evidence based answers to clinical questions in Emergency Medicine.

The NNT:

Journal Watch:                                                        Summaries of key points from around 250 journals.