I haven’t found a way of keeping up with all the information out there, even with textbook reading. I don’t know if there is way.
- Blogs RSS feeds: Google reader (http://www.google.com/reader)
- Podcasts: Downcast app (www.downcastapp.com)
- Stay in touch, network, and have instant discussions: Twitter, Google+
I used to listen to podcasts in my car mostly on the way to work and on the way back (Always pay attention to the road). I read new blog posts (especially the short ones) while on breaks, waiting in line, etc. I use freemergencytalks.net by Joe Lex for specific lectures, mostly on patient-centered topics to see how I can improve my practice.
I am very, very selective. My selection process:
- Who is the author?
- Is this up to date?
- Is this relevant to my practice?
- Is it relatively short?
Other resources about filtering which are worth looking at:
- Information overload (Life In The Fast Lane)- examples of failure to filter
- How to follow posts via RSS Feeds on the iPad (EMCrit)
- A med student's take on EM blogs and podcasts (ShortCoatsInEM)
- A master list of EM blogs and podcasts (Life in the Fast Lane)
- Academic Life in Emergency Medicine
- EM Literature of Note
- High Quality Medical Education (hqmeded)
- Life in the Fast Lane
- Prehospital Med
- Univ of Maryland EKG videos (ekgumem)
The key for me is I know where to go when I have a specific question that needs to be answered. I filter the information, make sure I have a good knowledge background, and have fun. I hope this helps.
Lisa B. Marshall on communication overload: Although she is commercially sponsored (I have no affiliation), I think she gives good, and succinct advice. (Part 1, Part 2)