For the first initiative, the format of an online curriculum was chosen to facilitate learner participation not just in weekly conference sessions, but throughout the continuum of their experiences (including off-service rotations, self-study at home, and quick referencing while on shift). The online content may be used alone as an asynchronous resource, however interested programs may also request the custom small-group activities that have been developed to facilitate a “flipped classroom” approach to weekly conference sessions. These sessions are explicitly designed to maximize critical thinking and interaction between interns and faculty. The choice of content for this curriculum stems from a belief that interns in emergency medicine should be empowered with a fundamental knowledge of care for common “true emergencies” as a top priority. With this foundation, a secondary focus on approaching common chief complaints aims to improve interns’ clinical focus and efficiency. Finally, the curriculum highlights a set of fundamental procedures for interns to master.
For the second initiative, we chronicle the development of our curriculum using the six-step framework of Kern. This initiative aims to address the current under-representation of medical education best practices in many online educational resources. As the world of FOAM continues to grow, we hope that a similar growth in awareness and use of education best practices will help focus, refine, and legitimize these already impressive collections of content.