I was reflecting on how much great content is available online for pursuing lifelong learning.
Thinking back, when I was preparing for fellowship exams, if there was something I wanted a tutorial on, I could find it in the format I wanted – be that a podcast, a video or written material. I wish that had been the case back as a medical student: we were taught in a rather didactic fashion with only a lecturer and a textbook as a guide, and being more a auditory and kinetic learner, I struggled. I think I would have done better in this digital age where teaching and learning has been revolutionised by technology. All the facts are out there and available, which means one can build a solid foundation, and then quickly move on to application, clinical reasoning and good decision making based on facts and guidelines.
Focussing for a moment on medical blogs: there’s such a wealth of talent out there with so much great content being produced on a daily basis. I’ll mention a few of my favourite medical blogs, but I’m sure there are so many more out there that I have not yet met, and would therefore be very interested in your favourite blogs.
Some of my favourite medical educational blogs for GPs are listed below, and I invite you to take a look at those you haven’t seen before because they all have great content:
Bits and Bumps – focus on Women’s Health
Life In The Fast Lane – focus on emergency medicine, critical care and toxicology
Broome Docs – varied educational material especially aimed at Aussie country doctors
FOAM 4 GP – Free Open Access Medical Education for GPs (need I say more?)
Some other great blogs:
Genevieve’s Anthology – so much great content that inspires, entertains and teaches
KI Doc – Kangaroo Island doctor blogging about Rural Medicine in Australia
MedEdPurls – discussion on medical education topics
Doctor’s Bag – discussions on various topics in GP-land
In a future post, I’ll look at blogs that are great to refer patients to get good information related to their health.
I’m really interested to hear of the blogs that you’ve found helpful and interesting, to increase my repertoire: which ones stand out for you?