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Got some time to kill? Go ahead and lose yourself in the weird and wonderful world of hospital humour.

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Got some time to kill? Go ahead and lose yourself in the weird and wonderful world of hospital humour.

In March of next year, Sydney will host the very first Social Media and Critical Care (SMACC) conference — bringing together emergency medicine and intensive care on one stage to talk about how social media can further medical education.

The conference has been organised as part of the Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM) project, an initiative in turn set up by Life in the Fast Lane, a medical blog that shares medical and critical care insights and education with the world. Its founders, emergency physicians Dr Mike Cadogan and Dr Chris Nickson, believe that social media and eLearning are the way of the future for medical education.

The conference will feature:

  • Live Twitter feeds in key sessions. These will be periodically displayed on screen by a twitter-moderator and continuously streamed throughout the venue

  • Podcasts/vodcasts. All sessions will be recorded and gradually released in series on the affiliated websites

  • Live webinar transmissions from overseas speakers to the conference

  • ED vs. ICU SimWars
  • Digital poster displays

  • 24 hour on-line Journal Club from around the world.

What caught our attention today, though, are the videos submitted to the Emergency vs. Intensive Care SimWars competition. Teams from hospitals all over Australia — and the world, as demonstrated by an entry from the UK — have been invited to submit videos that "deliver educational messages about team work through short, simulated resuscitation role-plays". (You can watch us get up close and personal with one of Sydney Royal North Shore's patient simulator robots here.)

Medical humour is gold, and medical workers are amazing.

Also, check out the video promoting SMACC's SimWars. Some of the humour is a little in-jokey, but we had more than a few giggles:

Head over to the SMACC website to check out the rest and to find out more about the conference.