The movement of FOAM and #FOAMed may have started in a pub in Dublin in 2012, but it has become legitimized through widespread acceptance. Residencies are also catching onto the idea and eager to collaborate through social media, in particular Twitter. This is evidenced by the use of Twitter accounts on #EMConf as a way to collect educational learning pearls garnered weekly at resident conferences.

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” – Plutarch

We here at ALiEM are supportive of all who engage in FOAM, in particular Twitter, as a way to contribute to daily educational conversations. We want to recognize, support, AND kindle the fire of energy that is generated by residencies who are starting to pave the way, symbolized by our special Twitter map

Eventually we hope to see the entire nation and globe lit up with dots symbolizing residency training programs that engage in Twitter. All great ideas may start in a pub, but given the right fuel, can ignite the blaze of an educational movement!

Want your residency program listed? 

If you are a residency program involved in Twitter and not represented by our map, please let us know. Although we only have EM and IM programs, we are looking to gather listings of ALL programs representing all specialties on our map.

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Nikita Joshi, MD

Nikita Joshi, MD

ALiEM Chief People Officer and Associate Editor
Clinical Instructor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University
Nikita Joshi, MD


Emergency Medicine Doctor Associate Editor of ALiEM Gun Sense Advocate #FOAMed #Docs4GunSense #MomsDemandAction Tweets represent my own views and opinions