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G247(P) A Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) curriculum mapped Free Open Access Medical education (FOAMed) resource
  1. DT Sinton1,
  2. J Fudge2,
  3. J Sillet2,
  4. R Prest2,
  5. D Roland3,4,
  6. G Lewis1
  1. 1Paediatric Emergency Department, University Hospitals Leicester, Leicester, UK
  2. 2East Midlands Emergency Medicine Educational Media (EM3), Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester, UK
  3. 3Paediatric Emergency Medicine Leicester Academic (PEMLA) Group, Leicester Hospitals, Leicester, UK
  4. 4Social Science Applied to Healthcare Improvement Research (SAPPHIRE) Group, Health Sciences, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK


Aims A large amount of freely available online information is available to health care professionals undertaking Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) placements. These websites, blogs and podcasts, often referred to as Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAMed), are rarely matched to any particular curriculum. Our newly developed EM3 website is tailored directly to learners and includes FOAM resources which have been linked directly to the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) PEM curriculums. We aimed to describe the utilisation of our website following its launch at the RCEM September conference.

Methods We analysed site traffic and page views using Google Analytics during a one month period from the 22nd September.

Results At the time of writing a total of 762 users accessed the site amassing a total of 9321 individual page views. The most popular pages are those from the PEM linked curriculum attracting 1202 page views (12.9% of total page views). Of the PEM pages those on respiratory were the most popular.

There were page views from outside the UK with 5% of traffic from USA and 4.5% from South East Asia. There was a fairly even split between those accessing content on a mobile or desktop device at 48% and 44% respectively.

Conclusions It is clear there a demand for such a resource and not just amongst RCEM or RCPCH PEM trainees as demonstrated by overseas use. It also appears that in some respects the most popular pages viewed reflect the most common paediatic presentations. We believe that general pediatricans in training will also benefit from the content and resources available.

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