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.