Social media is a great tool for medical educators, but, like anything else worth doing, it takes some effort to get started. Social media allows you to teach, learn, collaborate, research, socialize, produce scholarship, and advance your career. Here’s how I’ve used social media over the past two years, and why you may want to dive in as well.
When I arrived home after attending my first American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, my wife asked me what I learned. I had attended five full days of lectures including the “review” course (which was new material for me), as well as a variety of scientific, plenary, Meet the Professor, and concurrent abstract sessions. But when she asked me that question, I could not come up with a single thing that I had learned. Continue reading 6 tips to enhance your learning at any conference
AskUp is a free, open-source, high-intensity learning application that I created with a group of Harvard programmers. This application allows learners to create question and answer sets after any educational event (a lecture, an article, a patient encounter, a video, etc). Questions can then be shared with other learners so that they, too, can learn from this experience. Practice testing (creating your own question and answer or taking practice tests) is one of the most effective learning strategies available.
One year has passed since I began using social media as a teaching tool in medical education. I created this blog to teach patients and doctors about autoinflammatory diseases, a rare subset of rheumatic illnesses characterized by fevers and systemic inflammation. I created summaries of groundbreaking articles and posted them on my blog. I wrote about some of my patients, describing their stories so that others could learn to recognize and treat their diseases. I contributed articles to other blogs to help physicians recognize these rare illnesses. Continue reading I’m a selfish 21st century teacher