Tips for FOAMed groups based in High Income Countries to help become Freely ACCESSIBLE Medical Education (FAME)

Tips for FOAMed groups based in High Income Countries to help become Freely ACCESSIBLE Medical Education (FAME)

Tips for FOAMed groups based in High Income Countries to help become Freely ACCESSIBLE Medical Education (FAME)

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The below are some random thoughts extracted from my talk at AfCEM 2018 Conference:

Appropriateness:

  • Don’t forget your audience is worldwide not all in the same healthcare context as you – think about your influence.
  • Sometimes flippant comments/assumptions are made by authors that when read by a clinician from low resource context, renders them despondent & confused, instead of motivated & inspired.
  • Ask LMIC clinicians to be involved to peer review posts. May have surprising feedback/suggestions!
  • For every post/material the author should cognitively force themselves by asking “how does this apply to low resource settings, is it necessary to specifically mention resource considerations”
  • Consider loading one year’s worth of podcasts/videos onto cheap flash drives and sending to registrar/residency training programmes around the world.

Technical:

Try list a resource’s (e.g. video/podcast) actual size next to download button, so someone doesn’t have to click download and then cancel quickly when they discover it is 500MB !

Compress files to as small as possible, does the image REALLY have to be that hi-res?

Podcasts:

  • Keep short, or if long try to split into components e.g. Part 1,2,3 (we understand sometimes this is tricky).
  • Consider text summaries of podcasts.

Videos:

  • Ensure downloadable, not just streaming, so that videos can be shared via flashdisks etc. to colleagues.
  • When loading videos up to Youtube, you can set what the lowest quality available for viewing is.

Blogs:

  • If you put a lot of stats/words into infographics, try set the ALT-text in such a way that if reader is viewing website with images switched off, they can still engage with your writing at this level of detail.

Also read here for a great article:

https://www.afjem.org/article/S2211-419X(18)30060-0/fulltext

Kat Evans

Emergency Medicine Physician in Cape Town, South Africa. Looking for solutions to our unique EM challenges with a quadruple burden of disease.

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Kat Evans

Emergency Medicine Physician in Cape Town, South Africa. Looking for solutions to our unique EM challenges with a quadruple burden of disease.

All stories by:Kat Evans