FOAMcast - An Emergency Medicine Podcast

The PESIT study in the New England Journal of Medicine stirred up controversy in the FOAM world earlier in October 2016.  In this episode we cover the following posts on this article on pulmonary embolism in syncope:

Then, We delve into core content on syncope usingRosen's Emergency Medicine (8th edition) and Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine (8th edition) Chapter 52


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-Jeremy Faust and Lauren Westafer

Direct download: FOAMcast_syncope_and_PE_v2.mp3
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We are bringing y'all pearls from ACEP 2016 in Las Vegas.

Today we cover Bell's Palsy (are you sure it's not a stroke?), burn dogma, and some hot abstracts of the year.

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Jeremy Faust and Lauren Westafer

Direct download: FOAMcast_ACEP_16_Day_3.mp3
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We are at ACEP 2016 summarizing the hottest pearls

Today we cover placebos in the ED for back pain, nausea, and upper respiratory tract infections as well as atrial fibrillation management controversies and vaccine side effects.

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Jeremy Faust and Lauren Westafer

Direct download: FOAMcast_Vaccine_side_effects_and_Placebos_ACEP_16_Day_2_.mp3
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We bring you highlights from ACEP2016 in Las Vegas.

Today we focus on the care of the transgender patient and some pearls on caring appropriately for our diverse patients.

We also cover active shooters and lawsuit pearls


Thanks for listening!
Jeremy Faust and Lauren Westafer

Direct download: FOAMcast_ACEP16_Transgender.mp3
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We cover an incredible ophthalmology resource,, by Dr. Tim Roots.  This resource has a free book and excellent free video lectures.  Specifically, we detail a hilarious video on eye exam tricks, especially targeting individuals who "can't see."

We previously reviewed eye trauma in this podcast. In this episode, we review ophthalmology basics using Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine (8e), Chapter 241

Visit for more and Rosh Review questions. Thanks for listening! 

Jeremy Faust + Lauren Westafer

Direct download: nks..mp3
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The Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) 

We cover a post from Dr. Josh Farkas on PULMcrit on lithium toxicity. The key message from the post is: a single serum lithium level doesn't necessitate dialysis, despite a recommendation from the EXTRIP working group  to initiate dialysis in patients with a lithium level > 5 mEq/L [1].  Dr. Farkas advocates for aggressive management in asymptomatic patients with chronic lithium toxicity and patients without impaired renal function.

Core Content

We review rhabdomyolysis using Rosen's Emergency Medicine (8e)  Chapter 160 and Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine (8e), Chapter 181.


Show notes at

Thanks for listening!

Jeremy Faust & Lauren Westafer

Direct download: foamcast_57_lithium_and_rhabdo.mp3
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