About us

The C-FOAM was created by Dr Katrina Starmer, Dr Nimai Etheridge and Dr Richard Whitaker for public and private information sharing relating to Medical Education in the Tropics. It encompasses all areas of medicine, with a tropical and rural/regional flavour, not just specific to critical care. It is in a unique position in that it shares the experience of doctors in Far Northern Australia who still see developing world pathology in the developed world.

Specifically, the website has three purposes:

1. As a medical education newsfeed for juniors in the Cairns region
2. For Far North Queensland doctors to access internal talks
3. For sharing Free Open Access Medical Education content relating to regional and tropical Australia

Unless otherwise stated, all photographs featured on the site have been taken by the authors to showcase the beauty of Cairns and surrounds. The website logo was designed by Cairns local Dr Aditi Rai and the website name by Cairns local Dr Andrew MacGibbon. In sharing insights and experiences we hope to add to the spirit of collaboration with other health professionals as part of the FOAM movement.

What is the FOAM Movement?

‘FOAM is a collection of resources, a community and an ethos. The FOAM community spontaneously emerged from the collection of constantly evolving, collaborative and interactive open access medical education resources being distributed on the web with one objective — to make the world a better place. FOAM is independent of platform or media — it includes blogs, podcasts, tweets, Google hangouts, online videos, text documents, photographs, facebook groups, and a whole lot more…..  Medical education for anyone, anywhere, anytime.’   Life in the fast lane

“If you want to know how we practiced medicine 5 years ago, read a textbook.
If you want to know how we practiced medicine 2 years ago, read a journal.
If you want to know how we practice medicine now, go to a (good) conference.
If you want to know how we will practice medicine in the future, listen in the hallways and use FOAM.”

International EM Education Efforts & E-Learning by Joe Lex 2012

Photograph by Justin Corser