Hello hello, and welcome to the 6th installment of Canadian FOAM of the week for articles published from April 11th to April 18th, 2013 on free websites operated by Canadians.
It’s an unusually warm night in the town I’m stationed in, and we’ve been really slow (as in no calls at all for Paramedic service – so far). This is good, as I have the opportunity to sit down and read some great CanFOAM articles uninterrupted. This weeks offerings are small in quantity, but make up for it in quality of content and excellent presentation.
There are 3 contenders for this weeks title of FOAM of the Week, each one engaging in their own way. It was a challenging decision to make, but I think you’ll agree I made the right call…
Canadian FOAM of the Week: ERMentor
ERMentor’s post on “Emotional Intelligence” is not our usual FOAM content, but as I read through it I was struck by how relevant it is to our practice as health care providers. The ability to be in control of our emotions, and to be aware of others emotions around you, can be one of the most powerful assets in your medical toolbox. It can literally mean the difference between life and death for your patient, or you.
A basic overview of the topic, coupled with extensive references will give the reader a good start on exploring this fascinating topic further. Be sure to let the author know in the comments if you found the topic useful, perhaps he’ll explore it further as a result.
Canadian FOAM: Honourable Mentions
- The SGEM Episode #32 is entitled “Stone Me” and takes us through the treatment of renal colic in a case study format. There’s a lovely podcast that I encourage you to listen to, it’s not very long and adds to the post nicely. On a side note, it seems this post was made just prior to the author Ken Milne running the Boston Marathon. I’m sure we’re all aware of the tragic events that transpired there, as such we fervently hope that he’s okay.
- Eve Purdy over at Manu et Corde has written an excellent overview of FOAM based neurology resources available on the web. She’s tied this in with her own struggles with the subject and how FOAM came to the rescue (sort of…), and a nice example of how Twitter assisted in sorting things out. Part 1 can be found here and I’m eagerly awaiting part 2 in the near future!
Canadian FOAM: Hat Tips
A new section this week that I’m going to call “Hat Tips” where I will “Tip the Hat” so to speak in the direction of interesting posts that may not be 100% FOAM, or are from our own set of authors here at BoringEM.org.
- First tip of the hat goes to my fellow new author on the site Paul Olszynski, who shares with us a Pictorial Approach to Ultrasound in Shock as his first (of many) posts on BoringEM.org.
- Next up is Brent Thoma, BoringEM.org’s founder, who writes about “Doing what you love” as a guiding precept when making choices as a medical student as you move towards residency matching. It’s excellent advice for anyone I think, no matter your profession. It can be found here.
- Over at Asystole is the Most Stable Rhythm there is a lovely post that captures one of the moments that remind us why we all got into health care in the first place. @DrBlackbear recounts the stress of a significant move and the unexpected surprise of a poignant thank you note from a former patient.
- Andrew Petrosoniak reflects on his time with the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust and shares the lessons and insights he gained from the experience in a blog post at Sim and Choppers.
- Our friends over at Surgery 101 have another podcast up this week. The subject is The Neuro-Ophthalmic exam, and it comes with a premium access set of notes… It’s not FOAM (cause it costs $0.99) but they have an iOS app available to stream the podcasts from. This is an interesting development that I hope we’ll see more of in the FOAM universe.
Phew, that’s a lot of good FOAM that we’ve got this week but we need more! If you know of anyone with Canadian FOAM content on their blog, or you feature it yourself, please let us know if you (or they) would consider being included in the blog roll and thhis weekly roundup of content.