I’m absolutely sure that the solution for filling the gap between e-patients and not web-savvy doctors who cannot respond to their patients’ specific questions is including digital literacy in the medical curriculum. I’ve been doing this for years at several medical schools and now globally as well.
BUT, transforming paternalistic medicine is not a simple job therefore I don’t get such attention from medical authorities I expected to get. That is why I need your help with this.
If you think, your doctor should learn a bit about social media and online communication, please share this free, evidence-based course with him/her.
This way, we might transform the way medical professionals communicate with their patients.
I designed and launched The Social MEDia Course for those medical students and professionals who would like to know more about e-patients, social media-related issues and lifehacks for their professional lives. Over 500 users have been working on the lectures, doing the tests and we had to wait 6 weeks to find the first one who could pass all the tests and achieve the “The Ultimate Expert” badge. I had a pleasure to do an interview with Miguel Angel Mayer.
- Why did you decide to take all the tests? Do you have any experience with social media?
After seeing two of the courses I saw that the content and the information provided were very interesting and I decided to go on with all the courses and thought why not take all the tests to check my level. My experience with social media is wide and varied because many years ago, in 2007, I was very interested in these issues and I introduced Family Doctors in Web 2.0 tools and services for the first time here. Since then I have been giving conferences and introducing the use of Web 2.0 tools even in the Medical School since 2008.
See the rest of the interview on the blog of The Social MEDia Course.
Here is his certificate which he received in the original PDF format:
I launched a course at the University of Debrecen, Medical and Health Science Center in 2008 in order to help medical and public health students learn more about social media. Now, after several semesters, the course developed a lot and I still teach students about the basics of social media, through blogging, Twitter, Facebook, searching and many other topics. Here are the weekly summaries of this semester. This was the last semester in Debrecen and I’ve got two announcements to make.
1) From February, I will teach the course at Semmelweis University of Budapest, the oldest medical school in Hungary (1769) with even more students (hundreds of them) and through 14 weeks instead of 10.
2) I will make the course totally online in February! It means any students, medical professionals or even patients could watch the Prezis, take the course and get the certification that they know what they have to know about social media and medicine. More details later!
I’m very excited about these and I hope you are also looking forward to seeing the site online!
It’s a real pleasure to announce that the new semester of the Internet in Medicine course which I just presented at the Stanford Summit 2011 will launch this Wednesday (28th of September) with 140 registered students. In the first week’s lecture, I’ll give a detailed introduction to web 2.0/social media and highlight potential applications and solutions in medicine and healthcare through a Prezi.com slideshow.
- Time: 28th of September, 17:00
- Location: Lecture Hall of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Debrecen
The materials and some of the slideshows will be posted on Med20course.com throughout the whole semester. I’m very excited about that and also about the changes I made to the course structure based on the feedback I received from last semester’s students.
We will go through the basics of social media, medical blogging, microblogging, RSS, virtual worlds, using Facebook as medical professionals and many more relevant topics.
Read more about last semesters’ lectures…
The 2nd week fo the world’s first university course focusing on medicine and social media focused on medical blogging. Here are the links and definitions I mentioned.
In the second slideshow, I described how to start a new blog step-by-step.
- You need to answer 3 questions first before starting a blog:
- What kind of blogger will I be? (there are 7 types)
- Where should I blog? WordPress.com, Blogger.com, Typepad.com, etc.
- How should I blog?
- My “3 blogging rule” described what you need to become a good blogger: commitment, consistency and openness
- Shared many examples about how to build a successful medical blog.
A medical blog can be a perfect channel to make new contacts, find new opportunities and share your ideas with the world.
The 2 slideshows are described in details on Webicina.com’s e-guide:
See you next week when we will talk about Twitter in Medicine and also how to keep yourself up-to-date with RSS.
The new semester of the world’s first university accredited course focusing on medicine and social media just launched with 130 registered students. Here are the core points of my presentations as well as useful videos and links. In the first week’s lecture, the aim was to give a detailed introduction of web 2.0/social media and to highlight potential applications and solutions in medicine and healthcare through a Prezi.com slideshow.
- This is still the first and only university accredited course about web 2.0 and medicine for medical, dentistry, pharmacy and public health students.
- Results from last semester’s surveys which will soon be published in a medical journal.
- Highlighting the blog of the course and the Facebook page as well where we can interact.
- Positive examples of web 2.0 such as the story of Dave Carroll or the Friendfeed story and:
- Social media statistics
- Dangers: E-patients – google patients; privacy on social networking sites; mistakes in doctor-patient communication
- Potential solutions: Webicina.com; Hon.ch, evidence-based medicine in social media (JMIR)
- I described what web 2.0 or social media means.
- As first examples, I talked about Jay Parkinson and Tamás Horváth.
- The core points of the lectures of the next 9 weeks (blogging, Twitter, RSS, Wikipedia, social networking, e-patients, Second Life, practicing online, collaboration, podcasts, new media, education 2.0, Google, semantic search, future of web 2.0)
- Future: semantic web, mobilhealth, wireless apps, e-patients (Quantified Self), personalization, geotagging and rational web usage
- The rest of the slideshow was based on what I have recently presented in The Netherlands.
Next week’s topic: Google story and medical search engines
It’s a real pleasure to announce that the new semester of my Internet in Medicine course which I will present at the Stanford Summit 2011 will be launched this Thursday with 140 registered students. In the first week’s lecture, the aim is to give a detailed introduction to web 2.0/social media and to highlight potential applications and solutions in medicine and healthcare through a Prezi.com slideshow.
This semester is in English and I plan to come up with assessments/tasks as well for the students, of course, through social media.
- Time: 3rd of March, 17:00
- Location: Lecture Hall of the Department of Pathology, University of Debrecen
The materials and some of the slideshows will be posted on Med20course.com throughout the whole semester.
Read more about last semesters’ lectures…
I was honoured to be invited to speak at the upcoming Stanford Summit about the university course I launched in Debrecen in 2008 that helps medical, dentistry, pharmacy and public health students become web-savvy regarding social media, digital technologies and e-patient connections.
The Stanford Summit @ Medicine 2.0 is a special one-day event that will occur on September 16, 2011, on the eve of the Fourth World Congress on Social Media and Web 2.0 in Health, Medicine and Biomedical Science. It is designed to complement, yet be distinctly different from the two-day academically-focused Medicine 2.0 conference.
I guess you can spot a few names among the confirmed speakers.
I believe that this is still the first and only university accredited course in the world that focuses on social media and medicine for medical, dentistry, pharmacy and public health students. This semester is just over after 10 weeks, 20 slideshows and hundreds of questions from the students. They also filled in surveys before and after the course. I plan to publish the results in a peer-reviewed journal early next year.
Thank you for the participation and the comments, questions, I hope you (both in the course and through the blog) enjoyed the lectures. See you next February when the new semester will be launched.
The last week was dedicated to the future of web, semantic search and the survey results:
First part of the Prezi.com slideshow: Life after web 2.0
Take-home message: The story is just about to begin…
Second part of the slideshow: Summary of the last 10 weeks
- 10 weeks – 20 slideshows
- 2 slideshows each week
- 2 major questions in each slideshow
- Examples for all the tools and sites we have talked about. Many many examples.
- This is the first university credit course of its kind in the world.
Take-home message: I hope I could help you on your way towards web 2.0…
Lectures this semester:
The 9th week of the world’s first university accredited course focusing on medicine and social media was dedicated to the Google story and medical search engines.
First slideshow: The Google phenomenon
- The first Google search engine in 1998
- The founders, the basic concept, the workplace, the challange search engines face
- Definition of SEO and pagerank
- Presenting the best Google applications: News, Groups, Docs, GMail, Images, Google Ads, Scholar, Talk, Youtube, Google Earth, Maps, Calendar, Trends (Flu Trends), Reader, Alerts, Translate, Google Fight
- Also some of the dead ones: Google Lively and Knol
- Google Demo Slam:
- Talking about 23andme and how our genomic profiles will affect the future of healthcare
Take-home message: Google can make our lives easier. The question is how close we should let it come to us.
Second slideshow: Medical Search Engines
- How to search on the web (Google tricks)
Take-home message: Search like a professional and help your patients search properly online.
Lectures this semester: