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I Launch the “Social Media in Medicine” Course Again!

It’s a great pleasure to announce that this Thursday I will launch the Social Media in Medicine university course again at Semmelweis University in Budapest. 12 weeks, 12 extended topics, two surveys and one exam.

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:

  1. Introduction to social media and medicine
  2. Medical search engines and the Google story
  3. Being up-to-date with RSS and education 2.0
  4. Mysteries of medical blogging
  5. Using Twitter from the medical perspective
  6. Medical communities and using the Internet in a safe way
  7. The era of e-patients
  8. Wikipedia: the power of masses
  9. Medical wikis and online collaboration
  10. Healthcare 2.0 and organizing a medical practice online
  11. New media and mobile apps
  12. The future of medicine and virtual worlds

The Social MEDia Course: “Social media is an extremely valuable and powerful tool for education”

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 digital literacy but did not have such a course at their medical school. I published two interviews before with the first graduates.

Dr Jill Tomlinson, Webmaster and Newsletter Editor of the Australian Federation of Medical Women; and Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon just completed all the tests and agreed to answer a few questions.

  • Why did you decide to take all the tests? Do you have any experience with social media?

I undertook the course to build knowledge in areas of social media that I had limited or no experience in, and to learn additional tips and tricks in areas that I already participate in. I did the entire course because I’ve a lifelong thirst for knowledge and I didn’t want to miss out on any aspect!

I’ve used social media for almost a decade, primarily through blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube and LinkedIn. I have medical colleagues overseas that I’ve known online through social media since 2005, including individuals who are mentioned in the course materials. I’ve used Facebook groups to help medical women network on state, national and international levels since 2008. Social media is an extremely valuable and powerful tool for education, networking and communicating with people who have similar interests. The online medical world is full of dynamic and intriguing perspectives and there’s always something new in the pipeline.

  • Was it hard to complete any of the tests?

Some of the tests were a little tricky, largely the ones that required specific recall of numbers and dates. However, the tests were straightforward and if I didn’t get them right the required revision was good for me – as often happens in medicine, repetition was the key to success!

  • Which prezi was your favorite one and why?

It’s not easy to pick a favourite but “Collaboration” stood out because I love using internet technologies to collaborate with individuals in different states and countries. The prezi taught me new methods and it was exciting thinking about the many practical applications for the organisations I work with.

I was surprised but delighted to learn new tricks from the “Search engines” prezi. The “Wikipedia” and “Medical Wiki’s” were quite topical as was launched in May 2012 – those prezis will be useful pre-reading for any surgeon who wants to contribute to this Australian surgical wiki. I also enjoyed the e-Patient prezi; I’d encountered ePatients before through TED Talks and blogs and was excited to see the progress that is being made in this area and to think about how I can contribute and assist.

  • How much time did it take all together to finish the course?

It took around 5 weeks to finish the course, while I was working full time.

  • Do you have any suggestions about improving the course?

As social media evolves rapidly it may be a challenge to keep the course content and its students up to date – but then that is an ongoing challenge of modern life!

To get the most out of the course I recommend that participants introduce a practical component to it to make sure they use their knowledge. For instance, if you do the “Microblogging” prezi and you don’t have a Twitter account then start one! If you don’t use RSS then get started and see how it simplifies your web browsing experience. Use the knowledge that you get from the prezis to develop new skills and save time.

  • Do you think this course is suitable for introducing medical students and professionals to digital literacy?

Absolutely! This course is well designed and has something for all medical students and professionals. I am recommending it to all my medical networks.

Digital Literacy and Your Doctor?

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.

The Social MEDia Course: The First Graduate

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:

Social Media in Medicine course: The Announcement!

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!

Internet in Medicine University Course: A New Semester!

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 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 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

Social Media in Medicine course: Medical blogging

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?,,, 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.

Take-home message:

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’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.


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