How to Use Social Media for Medical Education

Here are a few suggested approaches for social media use in medical education:

- Peer student groups can utilize a private blog to share clinical experiences

- Course/program directors and staff can use a wiki to manage course/program materials and centralize frequently used documents

- Longitudinal preceptors can use a microblog (e.g., Twitter) to share links to journal articles, medical news, and reminders

- Admissions personnel can use social networks during the application, interview, and acceptance processes to build a community before students ever set foot on campus

- A public affairs office could generate podcasts to share graduate news, campus information, celebrations, and research success stories

Networked Teacher Diagram - Update
The Networked Teacher - Diagram, Flickr http://goo.gl/CVddi

References:

Saarinen C, Arora V, Fergusen B, Chretien K. Incorporating social media into medical education. Academic Internal Medicine Insight. 9(1):12-13, 19. Read the full-text PDF here.

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