FOAM (sometimes called FOAMed) stands for Free Open Access Meducation and is a collection of open access medical education resources created to augment traditionally published educational materials such as textbooks and journal articles. FOAM materials are often related to emergency medicine and can be videos, blogs, tweets, podcasts, documents, charts etc. FOAM content is created by individuals or groups and may or may not be peer reviewed.
As with all open access content, readers should critically evaluate information provided via FOAM. Some factors to note:
Is it peer reviewed?
Are citations and references provided?
Is the information current?
Who is providing the information?
Does the content appear to be biased or inaccurate?
As FOAM is a relatively new movement, metrics to evaluate the content are being developed and discussed within the FOAM community. Some examples: