Who am I and what is FOAM?

Justin Morgenstern - creator for the First10EM FOAM free open access medical education emergency medicine project

I am Justin Morgenstern and First10EM is my primary FOAM project. FOAM (or #FOAMed) is a community of educators dedicated to “free open access medical education”, and First10EM is an emergency medicine project that was started as part of that community.

I am a community emergency physician with a passion for education, resuscitation, evidence based medicine, and life. I work in the Greater Toronto Area (that’s in Canada). I went to medical school at the University of Western Ontario. I also completed a master’s in health professional education at Western. I went on to a residency in family medicine and a fellowship in emergency medicine at Queen’s University.

The original goal of the project was to create emergency medicine resuscitation plans to guide you through the first 10 minutes of any emergency. Those plans could be used at the bedside, but ideally they were designed to be used as guides for mental practice sessions, allowing you to prepare for these critical situations ahead of time.

Over time, my nerdiness has broken through, and evidence based medicine has become a much larger part of this site. I provide regular critical appraisals of important emergency medicine and critical care articles. I also occasionally do deep dives into the literature, exposing myths, or simply trying to explain why we do what we do. The site also contains its fair share of editorial content, in my “rants and ramblings” section.

At this point the driving goal behind First10EM is simply to provide any information that I think would be valuable to practicing emergency physicians or trainees, as part of the larger emergency medicine FOAM community.

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I am also a partner in a number of other FOAM sites, including Emergency Medicine Cases, The Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine, BroomeDocs, and Life in the Fastlane.

You can find me on twitter (@First10EM), on facebook, on Linkedin, and somewhat inconsistently on Reddit.

This free open access medical education endeavor is made possible by our incredible supporters on Patreon. If you want to help contribute to the emergency medicine FOAM community, consider contributing a small monthly donation through Patreon.

“One special advantage of the skeptical attitude of mind is that a man is never vexed to find that after all he has been in the wrong.” – Wiliam Osler

In my free time I try to travel to beautiful parts of the world and capture them with my camera. If you want a break from medicine, you can see some of my pictures at http://justinmorgenstern.com/

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