“No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer
than that blown by the successful teacher.”

— Sir William Osler

iTeachEM is a blog dedicated to the art, science and fun of medical education.

iTeachEM is for real world practicing clinicians who love blowing bubbles and want to get better at it!

iTeachEM is created by Rob Rogers (@EM_Educator), author of Practical Teaching in Emergency Medicine, Chris Nickson (@precordialthump) and Mike Cadogan (@sandnsurf).

Meet the iTeachEM team:

Rob Rogers

IMG_1252 After graduating AOA from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 1997, Rob entered the combined emergency medicine/internal medicine residency program at the University of  Maryland. He served as chief resident during the fifth year of his training and went on to become a chief resident in internal medicine. In 2002, he joined the emergency medicine faculty at the  University of Maryland School of Medicine and focused on his interest in medical student and residency education.Rob has completed the Teaching Fellowship and Advanced Teaching Fellowship  sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). He is a recipient of ACEP’s National Faculty Teaching Award, the Young Educator Award of the American Academy of  Emergency Medicine (AAEM), the EMRA Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award presented by the emergency medicine residents at the University of  Maryland.Rob has published two books on education. The first, Practical Teaching in Emergency Medicine, is devoted to helping emergency physicians around the world teach the specialty of emergency medicine. His second book, just published in September 2010, is entitled The Medical Student Educators Handbook, and was coedited with Mak Moayedi from The University of Maryland.Rob is an invited speaker for the faculty development course presented by the Council of Residency Directors (“Navigating the Academic Waters”), AAEM’s Scientific Assembly, ACEP’s Scientific Assembly, the national conference of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and the USC Essentials Course.  In international forums, he has presented lectures and workshops in Canada, Barbados, The Netherlands, Argentina, France, and South Africa. He serves as an instructor for a faculty development fellowship sponsored by Erasmus University in Rotterdam for European emergency physicians. Rob has designed faculty development courses for the Dutch Emergency Physicians Society and the Emergency Medicine in the Developing World Conference held in Cape Town, South Africa.@EM_educator – Contact

 Anand Swaminathan

Swaminathan Headshot 2013 Anand “Swami” Swaminathan was raised in Emergency Medicine at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. After graduating, he stayed on as faculty and is currently the Assistant Residency Director.      Swami’s interests are in Resident education, Critical Care in the ED, Evidence Based Medicine and Knowledge Translation. He is a senior editor for the blog EM Lyceum which focuses on the evidence  behind debatable topics in Emergency Medicine. Swami is also a founding member of the All NYC EM Conference Committee which runs high-level resident conferences. Recently, he’s had the chance to  become a regular contributor to EMRAP. The FOAMed has been good to Swami and he’s tried to be good to it by giving to numerous blogs and podcasts including ERCast, The Skeptics Guide to  Emergency Medicine, EMCrit, EM Literature of Note, Academic Life in Emergency Medicine and emDocs.net. @EMSwami

Chris Nickson

Chris is a Kiwi intensivist (FCICM) and emergency physician (FACEM) in Melbourne, Australia. Together with Mike Cadogan he runs the Lifeinthefastlane.com website and is committed to free open access meducation (FOAM) that is available to anyone, anywhere at anytime. He is particularly passionate about the intersection of emergency medicine and intensive care, runs the RAGE podcast and is co-founder of SMACC and INTENSIVE. His other medical interests include simulation, toxicology, medical history and Osleriana. An avowed Oslerphile, Chris naturally agrees with Sir William when he said: “No bubble is so iridescent or floats longer than that blown by the successful teacher.” He just wishes he was better at blowing bubbles… This is what iTeachEM is all about!@precordialthump – Contact

Mike Cadogan

Dr Mike CadoganMike is an emergency physician with a passion for medical informatics and medical education. He used to write medical textbooks but now writes online education at Life in the Fast LaneiMeducateinfoamatica and @sandnsurf



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  1. Rob McDonald, MD says

    Rob to Rob
    I’m a 1984 graduate of the Univ of TN school of medicine and just came across all this great stuff on iTeachEM and Life in the Fast Lane while researching a question from one of my residents. I’m presently the PD for the Spartanburg Family Medicine Residiency Program and am at a lost (until now) as to how to incorporate all the vast knowledge that is changing so rapidly into our residency program. I heard the comment on the FOAM website that “Up To Date is making our resideints stupid!” and I couldn;t agree more. But it’s a valuable tool and a decent place to start. Anyway, wanted to give a shout out for ole UT and see if you were aware of anything like this in family medicine.

    Class of 84

    • says

      Hey Rob,
      Great to hear from you. The FOAM world has shown us that books (and even websites like “Up to Date”) are really not great resources to stay current. The FOAM movement started in emergency medicine and critical care, but is very slowly moving into other specialties. Any interest in developing something for Family Medicine? Thanks for contacting me. Great to hear from a fellow UT grad!

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