You don’t have to attend a college course or have fancy letters behind your name to advance your patient care. No, paramedic, the National Registry is not your glass ceiling. Just #FOAM it, and learn one new thing every day. These sites will help, even if you cannot convince your medical director to change your protocols overnight. But this is how change starts, from the bottom up.
Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) http://www.aliem.com/
A top-10 medical website devoted to Emergency and Critical Care MD’s, etc sharing best practices and new ideas.
Airway World http://www.airwayworld.com/
Everything you need to know about… the airway. Do “ Manual of Emergency Airway Management” and “Difficult Airway Course” ring a bell?
Critical Care (full text journal) http://ccforum.com/
“a high quality, peer-reviewed, international open access clinical medical journal. …promot[es] evidence-based information relevant to intensivists. … affiliated with the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM).”
Blogs and podcasts from BAMC EM Resident for med student and EM interns, but useful for anyone in Emergency and Prehospital Medicine.
From an ED Intensivist in NYC, this site pioneered open access podcasts to share Critical Care concepts and practices. Famous for “Bringing Upstairs (ICU) Care, Downstairs (ED).”
In-depth EM podcast review of single topics from around the world.
One of my favorite sites. Podcasts, videos and review courses for advanced paramedics and intro-level critical care and flight paramedics.
Free Open Access “Meducation” http://foameducation.org/
The standard-bearer. “Medical education for anyone, anywhere, anytime.” The google of emergency and critical care medicine… but wait, they have their own Google FOAM, too: http://googlefoam.com/.
Innovations in Patient Care http://mediccast.com/innovations/
The latest in patient care and EMS operations from around the world.
Intensive Care Network (ICN) http://intensivecarenetwork.com/
High-tech, flashy, invigorating videos and podcasts for critical care education. Highly recommended.
Life in the Fast Lane (LITFL) http://lifeinthefastlane.com/
Critical care RN’s and MD’s who helped initiate FOAM (Free Open Access “Meducation”). This site is essential, exhaustive, and the 12-lead ECG library is second to none.
Limmer Creative http://limmercreative.com/
Hands down, the best apps for EMS and RN students – and lc-ready.com keeps getting better!
Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/
Everyone knows Doctors without Borders. But did you know they are the future of public health, and their model can work in the “First World”?
Partners in Health http://www.pih.org/
Growing on MSF’s model, Nobel-nominee Dr. Paul Farmer’s organization has revolutionized the development of sustainable health care delivery treating the worst illnesses in the poorest countries.
Skeptic’s Guide to Emergency Medicine http://thesgem.com/
EM meets social media meets best evidence. Blogs and podcasts from Canada.
Society of Critical Care Medecine http://www.sccm.org/
“The only organization that represents all professional components of the critical care team”… well, except for paramedics! But who knows what the future holds?
Surviving Sepsis Campaign http://www.survivingsepsis.org/
Everything you need to know about… sepsis.
Taming the SRU http://www.tamingthesru.com/
Advanced critical care topics and practices, from the Shock Resuscitation Unit at the University of Cincinnati Department of Emergency Medicine.
Everything you need to know about… trauma.