Adopting FOAM: When and How?


In this post, Rob Cooney, the man, the myth, the legend, discusses FOAM and the adoption of FOAM into practice. Recently, the FOAM world was able to have a front row seat at a great debate between two titans as they went head-to-head over the issue of adopting a change in practice.   Part 1: […]

Learning Styles Do Exist!

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This post is a response to Learning Styles Do Not Exist “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” Chris, say it isn’t so! Learning styles most certainly exist! Before I dig into some important points, I agree with you about the lack of validity of the kinestetic/auditory/visual breakdown as discussed in the video. Different learning […]

Evidence Based Education: Active vs. Passive Learning

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An interesting study was just published this past month looking at student exam performance and course failure rates in science, technology, engineering, & mathematics [STEM] courses that utilized active vs. passive (lecture) teaching strategies. The results of this meta-analysis put some more data behind the idea that active teaching/learning is the way to go. Active […]

Captain Question Strikes Again!

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Sit back, relax, and remember. You’re at a conference and a speaker has just given a reasonably interesting talk on something relevant to your speciality. You’ve listened and learned a few new things, heard a couple of surprising facts that you’re going to go away and think about. You’re just pulling out the conference program […]

Friendship, Motivation, and Altruism @ SMACCGold


I just attended the SMACC Gold conference in the Gold Coast, Australia, and I have to tell you it was the best conference I have ever been to. I have been to a lot of medical conferences over the years, some good, some average, and some not so great. SMACC Gold is by far the […]