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Social Media in Medicine Course: Week 4, Medical blogging

My university course at the Semmelweis University has been running with a great audience since early September and last week the topic was medical blogging. Students have a lot of questions and they seem to like these topics. Fortunately, the materials, hand-outs, the presentations are published on The Social MEDia Course as well as a test through which they can see how much they learnt.


Next week, I’m going to talk about microblogging with a special focus on Twitter from the medical perspective with many examples.

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

Crowdsource a Medical Challenge: New Feature of The Social MEDia Course

The Social MEDia Course, a series of digital lectures about medicine and social media with tests and gamification, has been a success story since its launch this April and based on the requests from users, we are now happy to introduce new, community-driven features. The reason? Because we believe we can solve problems by learning together.

1) Submit a Question for the Tests!

Users have been sending us amazingly creative questions for the tests which you can take after finishing a lecture, therefore we thought we should let them submit their own questions and let the community decide which questions are suitable for being added to the database of questions. This way the tests will become even more challenging.

2) Crowdsource a Challenge!

We believe challenges related to the medical use of social media can be solved together. If you want to launch a Youtube channel for your practice or start a Twitter account for medical purposes, but do not know how, let’s work it out together as a learning community. Submit the challenge you have to face while using social media for medical purposes and let the community find a solution for that.

We hope you will like these features so then we can prove that learning together is the best solution even in social media and medicine.

As we are in beta version now, we cannot wait to hear your feedback!

The Social MEDia Course: Your Feedback is Needed!

The Social MEDia Course was launched 3 months ago and over 600 students are using it day by day. 4 students even managed to pass all the tests and achieve the “The Ultimate Expert” badge.

Please fill in this short questionnaire in order to help us constantly improve the course! We need Your feedback!

By the way, new features are going to be announced next week!

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.

The Social MEDia Course: Interview with a Graduate

After the first “student” graduated from The Social MEDia Course, more and more students finish the course. Here is an interview with Előd Koncsag, MD, a pediatrician from Roumania, our newest graduate.

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

Two years ago I took part in an online connectivism course ( that drew my attention to the potentials of the social media. Since then, I have been following various professional and non-professional sites, including the Mediq page, where I heard about this course. I think using social media is one of the most efficient ways for professional development and self-education – that’s why I  applied for the course.

  • Was it hard to complete any of the tests?

The Basics course was the hardest for me; it’s long enough and contains a lot of information.

  • Which prezi was your favourite one and why?

Education 2.0. Although some other topics may be more elaborated, but, in my opinion, this topic contains the core message of the course. The social media makes lifelong learning easier and more enjoyable.

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

It’s hard to say exactly, the page’s statistics says that I entered 30 times; and spent 1-2 (max. 3) hours reading each time.

  • Do you have any suggestions about improving the course?

1) It seemed to me that the Basics course was quite voluminous and the following test was relatively difficult. I think the first course should be an easier introduction with an easier test, just to raise attention.
2) I would mention somewhere that learning ten fingers typing is a good “investment”, which can be accomplished in a few months.

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

There is no doubt that those who complete the course will be well-informed on this subject.

Teaching Older Physicians About Social Media

Yesterday, I gave a talk at the Congress of the National Society of Cardiology and the president of the Society had some interesting questions after my talk. Basically, I presented many ways and examples of medical professionals using social media in an efficient and safe way. He asked me about what he should do now as a 55 years old physician. Is there a way he could learn about social media?

And luckily, there is a great way to help him get through the most important aspects of social media from the physician’s perspective.

The Social MEDia Course, a free online course with 16 formatted presentations, badges and tests. I hope he will enjoy it.

He also noted that he doesn’t have hours a day to use the internet, as he thought that’s comes with using social media. I told him he could save hours a week by using a few social media resources to keep himself up-to-date, interact with colleagues and crowdsource. So using it saves time and efforts!


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