Educational resources

The following is a somewhat random list of mostly free educational resources on paediatric management I have used and liked. Many will have been missed. It may serve as a starting point.
While the content available freely online is truly impressive, it is often skewed towards certain topics and doesn’t cover foundational science well, so good textbooks are still worth your money and attention.
Please leave a comment if you have further suggestions and I’ll update.

Officially endorsed educational resources

Paeds blogs

  • Songs or stories  – Collaborative blog about paediatric anaesthesia
  • PICU journal watch – name says it all. Nice filter for PICU articles and resources. Run by @harrykchris from Birmingham Childrens’
  • Sonokids – Curated material on paediatric ultrasound. Run by @Sono_Kids
  • Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK), Canadian initiative to improve emergency care of kids in Canada. Helpful list of resources by topic, both guidelines, systematic review articles or key primary articles.
  • Paediatric emergencies by Christopher Flanigan from the PICU at Belfast Children’s. A strong focus on resuscitation and airway management. Also, an impressive list of paediatric management apps for your smartphone.

Open access lectures

  • I have great admiration for Prof. Martin Elliott from Great Ormond St. Hospital and would recommend his Gresham talk series on the evolution of cardiac surgery in children. Fascinating stuff delivered with eloquence and gusto.
  • Intensivecarenetwork has a range of talks on peds mx with more to come. Also check the SMACC website for more talks.
  • We’re also trying to build content from Scandinavian conferences at scanFOAM.org.

Other #FOAMed

Take futher directions in the constantly evolving landscape of open access content and conversation from the Fathers of FOAM here: Life in the fast lane.

Apps

  • Drugdoses – the legendary pocket guide by Frank Shann, converted to a paid app by Oliver Karam. Android or iOS.
  • Pedisafe. iOS or android
  • Pedistat
  • Anesthesiologist. Android only.
  • Akut Barn. Developed by anaesthesia colleagues from Copenhagen. Not affiliated, but highly recommended. Free. iOS or Android
  • PICUDoctor, a guide for cardiothoracic care maintained by Marc Anders. Available via website and as app on for iOS or Android
  • Neomate, calculator app for NICU work, based on London Neonatal Transfer Service (NTS) guidelines. Android and iOS
  • Paediatric Emergency Drugs, based on South Thames Retrieval Service and Evelina PICU guidelines. iOS only.
  • The list of apps from Christopher Flanigan mentioned above is here, among them a PICU calculator and a neonatal medicine guide.

Twitter

I sincerely recommend to get on twitter for professional use if you aren’t already!

This is a one stop way of establishing an online presence and in this regard works a bit like a public business card.

Public face or not, what twitter affords you is the opportonity of keeping an ear to and, if you want, partake in a huge global conversation about evidence and practice. Never have I felt as continually and interestingly updated on current controversies and shifting opinions since I joined. It may seem frustrating and confusing at first and I admit there’s a bit of a learning curve, but you only need to spend a little time and you’ll get the hang of it. The most important concept is filtering (pertains to information gathering in general, really) using hashtags. Without it, twitter is very noisy and confusing, but once you start to hone in on specific topics and groups of people you’ll be able to tune into what’s interesting and relevant to YOU. For paediatric stuff, try using hashtags like #FOAMped and #Paedstricks or search for “paediatrics” or “pediatrics” and see what that gets you. You can start populating your feed with relevant tweets by following people or organisations that post about your areas of interest.

The feed on the sidebar of this site uses a combination of pediatric terms.

One of the interesting facets of twitter is joining conference related conversations in real time as they unfold. It is almost as being there with the added benefit that you’re not missing out on concurrent sessions! You can find the relevant hashtags for current conferences maintained @ Symplur.

Further tutorials include Mom this is how twitter worksTwitter super user, the simple Twitter book or this Twitter 101.

For the best results on larger screens I recommend Tweetdeck. You login with your twitter account. It’s free and allows you to set up multiple streams of individually filtered content and even allows you to use multiple twitter profiles if you’re a power user.

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