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Twitter-HashtagsAs the Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM; #FOAMed) movement has continued to flourish over the past few years, Twitter has become a vital method for disseminating/discussing educational and clinical content. We thought it would be interesting to see who is being ‘followed’ on Twitter in the FOAM world. Certainly, the metric of Twitter followers does not necessarily correlate with quality. And, it misses newcomers to the FOAM scene and those with a more focused area of expertise/interest. We are more interested in understanding the landscape such as who is involved, geographic locations, areas of expertise, and association with blogs/podcasts.

Our search strategy was simple:

  1. Twitter was searched for all users with #FOAMed, #FOAMcc, #FOAMtox, #FOAMped, #FOAMems, and/or #FOAM in his/her Twitter profile. *
  2. This was cross-referenced with Dr. Mike Cadogan’s (@sandnsurf) FOAMed Twitter list (782 members as of July 11, 2014).

Most Followed #FOAMed Twitter Users **

Rank
Twitter Name
Twitter Handle
Location ***
Followers
Joined Twitter
1Mike Cadogan@SandnsurfPerth, Western Australia14,454Oct 2008
2Scott Weingart@EMCritNew York, NY12,218Apr 2009
3Radiology Signs@RadiologySigns9,147May 2012
4EMS 12-Lead@EMS12LeadHilton Head Island, SC8,654Mar 2010
5Matt@TheMattMakLondon via Liverpool8,553Mar 2011
6Chris Nickson@PrecordialThumpMelbourne, Australia7,831Nov 2008
7Michelle Lin@M_LinSan Francisco, USA6,913Apr 2009
8Haney Mallemat@CriticalCareNowBaltimore, USA6,187Nov 2010
9LearnTheHeart.com@LearnTheHeart5,856Feb 2013
10Minh Le Cong@Rfdsdoc5,649Nov 2011
11Cliff Reid@CliffReidSydney5,617Mar 2009
12FOAM Highlights@FOAM_HighlightsPhiladelphia, PA4,786Dec 2012
13IntensiveCareNetwork@I_C_NSydney, Australia4,757Feb 2011
14Bryan D Hayes@PharmERToxGuyBaltimore, MD4,740Feb 2012
15Matt and Mike@UltrasoundPodMatt (KY) & Mike (UT)4,505Aug 2011
16Rob Orman@EmergencyPDSSnowmass, CO4,465Jun 2010
17Simon Carley@EMManchesterManchester4,338Feb 2009
18Rob Rogers@EM_Educator4,287Jun 2009
19The SMACC Team@SMACCTeamGlobal3,987May 2013
20Steve Carroll@EMBasicSan Antonio, TX3,822Dec 2011
21Graham Walker@GrahamWalkerSan Francisco, CA3,725Jul 2007
22Joe Lex@JoeLex5Philadelphia3,705Jul 2012
23Ryan Radecki@EMLitofNoteHouston, TX3,672Jun 2011
24Michelle Johnston@EleytheriusPerth3,598Feb 2010
25Pam Nelmes@Pam007NelmesCornwall, UK3,586Sep 2010
26Chump@BungeeChump3,493Mar 2010
27Andy Neill@AndyNeillIreland3,480May 2011
28Steven W. Smith@SmithECGBlogMinneapolis3,226Jun 2011
29Leon Gussow@PoisonReviewChicago, IL3,127Nov 2009
30ER doc@ER_Doc2,997Jun 2008

* Those without one of the FOAM hashtags in his/her Twitter profile are not included on this list, even if they produce excellent, free content (eg, Dr. Amal Mattu, @amalmattu).

** Information current as of July 11, 2014.

*** Locations were taken directly from Twitter profiles.

Observations

  • Not too surprisingly, the father of FOAMed, Dr. Mike Cadogan, leads the way followed closely by Dr. Scott Weingart.
  • This list, although only a small subset, seems to be a microcosm of the larger FOAM community.
    • Worldwide representation from Australia to the UK to the USA.
    • A variety of healthcare professional representation including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and EMS providers.
    • Subspecialties within Emergency Medicine are also well represented including critical care, ECG, medical education, pharmacy, radiology, toxicology, and ultrasound.
Bryan Hayes, PharmD

Bryan Hayes, PharmD

ALiEM Associate Editor
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Maryland (UM)
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, EM and Toxicology
Bryan Hayes, PharmD