Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMed)



There has been a considerable growth in recent years in openly accessible and crowd-sourced materials that can be used to supplement and enhance traditional educational methods. 

This page brings together a series of weblinks to FOAMed sites.  To note that this page is intended as a helpful resource and the Faculty does not endorse or monitor the content of any of these sites.


The Bottom Line

This site has been built to create a compendium of all the landmark papers which are shaping the way we manage our critically ill patients. Each paper has been summarised and critiqued using a standard template and ends with a 'bottom line' paragraph to allow a quick reminder of the key points. The papers are reviewed and cross checked by the editorial group. We take this seriously and spend time getting it accurate and as helpful for our readers as possible.

Critical Care Reviews

Critical Care Reviews is a free, not-for-profit, educational critical care project run by Rob Mac Sweeney, an intensivist in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The site offers many resources, including a journal watch facility, weekly newsletter, podcast, annual book, annual meeting, the largest structured collection of accessible critical care review articles on the internet, links to major studies and guidelines, as well as links to free vodcasts, podcasts, and a vast array of societies, groups and websites.

ICM Case Summaries

Writing ten expanded case summaries used to be a requirement of the CCT in Intensive Care Medicine training program for doctors in the UK. These summaries were usually the result of hours of work collecting, synthesising and distilling the most up-to-date evidence on specific clinical questions relevant to intensive care practice in the UK. For most of us though, once they are completed they just sit on our hard drives gathering e-dust.  The aim of this web resource was to release the untapped potential of these resources and create an online repository of ICM expanded case summaries.  As ICM Case Summaries grows it will form a continuously expanding and updating free online educational resource for intensive care medicine professionals.

Intensive Care Network

The Intensive Care Network (ICN) has been developed to educate, link and stimulate healthcare professionals involved in critical care, based on what we believe to be one of the key characteristics of Intensive Care: the teamwork and collegiality that occurs when like-minded professionals share a common purpose. It is run by a dedicated team of critical care specialists and trainees committed to providing high quality, free medical education and to do it with style.


FOAMEM is an RSS syndication site for #FOAMed blogs. All the articles published link directly to the original article on the FOAM blog.

Life in the Fast Lane

LITFL is a medical blog and website dedicated to providing free online emergency medicine and critical care insights and education for everyone, everywhere...anytime.

Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC)

SMACC (Social Media and Critical Care) is a health promotion charity. It is based on the philosophy of FOAM (Free Open Access Medical education – #FOAMed). The organising committee gives their time freely and receives no financial benefit. This in part explains the wonderful passions for philanthropy, sharing, education and innovation that make this critical care community so unique.