It was a huge pleasure to announce that E-Patient Dave, the world’s leading e-patient, would present in my university course entitled Social Media in Medicine on the 5th of November in Budapest. The presentation took place as a part of the curriculum, but I made the event public so anyone could attend.
Dave gave a great presentation about how e-patients shape the future of healthcare and my students had some interesting questions. He was like a rock star!
Here is the recorded video, I hope you will enjoy watching it:
My mission is to bring digital knowledge to medical students therefore preparing them for the world full of digital technologies that is coming. This is why I launched the world’s first university course focusing on social media and mobile health for medical students in 2008. Here are a few ways how I try to teach them:
- There is a real credit course at Semmelweis Medical School where I have courses in English and in Hungarian. I try to teach them digital literacy through spectacular and engaging presentations.
- They can answer questions about the topics covered in the lectures on Facebook to gather bonus points for the exam.
- There is an e-learning platform so then any medical student or professional worldwide can access the materials and take the tests for the certification.
- Students get credits for creating medical blogs, Twitter profiles or Wikipedia entries.
As you can see, following the “If you want to teach me, you first have to reach me” approach, I do everything I can to get the message across: every medical professional will be affected by online medical communication.
The Social MEDia Course
This is why I was very glad when Symplur contacted me about a potential collaboration. Let’s create a new hashtag #HCSMcourse referring to the widely used healthcare social media (#HCSM) hashtag. This new hashtag would focus on two goals:
- To collect all materials, concepts and ideas about teaching social media in medical education.
- To give students a chance to belong to a global community even after graduating from medical school.
As Twitter is my main communication channel these days, I cannot wait to exploit this idea in even more details.
I’m always very excited when the new semester of the Social Media in Medicine university course launches at Semmelweis University. I’ll today introduce medical students to the world of social media by showing them a lot of practical examples; as well as to the world full of technological advances they will face when they leave medical school.
10 weeks, 16 extended topics, two surveys, one exam, and a lot of Facebook challenges.
This course is still unique worldwide and I created a digital format as well so not only medical students at Semmelweis University can acquire such digital skills.
Here is the timeline:
September 17. Introduction to social media and medicine
September 24. Medical search engines and the Google story
October 1. Information pollution and reforming modern education
October 8. The mysteries of medical blogging
October 15. Crowdsourcing on Twitter from a doctor’s perspective
October 29. Medical communities, Youtube and medical mobile apps
November 5. The era of e-patients and managing a medical practice online
November 12. Wikipedia: the power of communities
November 19. Virtual worlds; Written test exam
November 26. The future of medicine and the Internet, Results of the surveys
The 10th semester of my Social Media in Medicine university course (Semmelweis Medical School) is over and I thought I would publish a few take-home messages.
- It’s equally challenging to persuade young medical students to use social media for professional purposes as to teach older physicians about the use of technology.
- “If you want to teach me, you first have to reach me.” That is my motto, therefore as all the students this semester were on Facebook, I published challenge questions for bonus points every day on the Facebook page of the course. Students loved that and the winner didn’t have to take the exam.
- I bring them the newest medical technologies such as AliveCor.
- The course will be launched again in English and Hungarian this September.
- We are working on another course, Disruptive Technologies in Medicine! Details soon!
- This is still the world’s only comprehensive university course about social media.
- 6 students also received the certification for finishing the online course.
- A manuscript presenting the results of the surveys students filled in was submitted to the Journal of the American Medical Association.
As I will do a Master Class at Medicine X about teaching social media in health sciences, the Scope blog of Stanford Medicine asked me to do an interview about my course in which I help medical students become better at digital literacy. An excerpt:
The most important thing here is a quote I’ve been using for years: “If you want to teach me, you first have to reach me.” Therefore I love going to the platforms that my students are already using. This semester it was Facebook, and I managed to teach them and test their knowledge on that platform. It was a real win-win situation.
All medical educators should design a new approach in transmitting the knowledge to students by analyzing what they do online. We do the same thing in the offline world by coming up with new textbooks and creating engaging presentations - why would we not do that online as well?
I launched the new semester of the “Social Media in Medicine” course at Semmelweis University with over 150 students. The third week was dedicated to being up-to-date in medicine and Education 2.0.
Students find all the presentations, hand-outs and even self-tests on this site. They can also get bonus points for completing challenges that focus on the topics covered in the previous weeks on the Facebook page of the course every single day. You might want to compete with them!
1) First Week of the New Semester: Introduction
2) Second Week: Medical search engines and the Google story
It’s a huge pleasure to announce that this Thursday I will launch the Social Media in Medicine university course again at Semmelweis University in Budapest. 10 weeks, 16 extended topics, two surveys, one exam, a lot of practical examples and challenges.
This course is still unique worldwide and I created a digital format as well so not only medical students at Semmelweis University can acquire these digital skills.
I cannot wait to start working with the medical students who would like to learn about using social media as professionals. The materials are available in The Social MEDia Course.
Here is the timeline:
- 21 February: Introduction to social media and medicine
- 28 February: Medical search engines and the Google story
- 7 March: Being up to date with RSS and Education 2.0
- 21 March: The mysteries of medical blogging
- 4 April: Using Twitter for medical purposes
- 11 April: Medical communities, online collaboration, mobile apps
- 18 April: The world of e-patients and health 2.0
- 25 April: Wikipedia and medical wikis
- 2 May: Written exam and Virtual Worlds in Medicine
- 9 May: The future of medicine and social media; results of the surveys
I’ve been teaching medical students about using social media for years at two medical schools and through a digital format as well. These courses consisted of series of extended Prezi.com lectures, written exam and constant online communication with students discussing their questions on Facebook and a blog.
The challenge I face now it that I try to include more practical sessions (tasks they have to do online after each lecture) in the course, and I’m wondering what these may be. Any suggestions?
A new article says information overload for doctors increases malpractice risk. Well, information overload is inevitable, but we must improve in filtering the web for medical information.
The solution is innovative education!