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MEdIC Series: Case of the Technologically-Challenged Academic – Expert Review and Curated Community Commentary


twitter knowledge translationOur fourth case of season 5, The Case of the Technologically-Challenged Academic, presented the scenario of a budding clinician-scientist who is encouraged to develop a social media and online presence to highlight and disseminate his research achievements. His barrier, however, is his perceived lack of knowledge and technical skills for the growing online FOAM and social media movement.

The MEdIC team (Drs. Tamara McColl, Teresa Chan, Sarah Luckett-Gatopoulos, Eve Purdy, John Eicken, Alkarim Velji, and Brent Thoma), hosted an online discussion around the case over the last 2 weeks with insights from the ALiEM community. We are proud to present to you the curated commentary and our expert opinions. Thank-you to all participants for contributing to the very rich discussions surrounding this case!

This follow-up post includes

  • Responses from our solicited experts:
    • Dr. Eddy Lang (@EddyLang1 ) is the Academic and Clinical Department Head and Professor of Emergency Medicine in Calgary. His areas of interest are knowledge translation, evidence-based medicine, and operations research. Dr. Lang is a member of the GRADE working group and has led the development of GRADE-based clinical practice guidelines in pre-hospital care in the US as well as with the International Liaison Committee for Resuscitation. He also serves as Senior Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine and is a member of the Canadian Task Force for Preventive Healthcare.
    • Dr. Simon Carley (@EMManchester) is Professor of Emergency Medicine and co-lead for the MSc in Emergency Medicine at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a consultant and works in both adult and paediatric emergency EM. He has published over 100 academic papers and has a passion for research and education. Dr. Carley is also an associate editor of the Emergency Medicine Journal with a special interest in social media and evidence based medicine. He strongly supports Meducation and #FOAMed. He co-developed BestBets, the virtual hospital at St. Emlyn’s and the stemlyns blog and podcast.
  • A summary of insights from the ALiEM community derived from the Twitter and blog discussions
  • Freely downloadable PDF versions of the case and expert responses for use in continuing medical education activities
Expert Response 1: Social Media as an Avenue for Research Impact and Career Advancement (Dr. Eddy Lang)
Expert Response 2: Welcome to the Social Age of Knowledge Dissemination (Dr. Simon Carley)
Curated from the Community (Dr. Daniel Ting)

Case and Responses for Download

Click here (or on the picture below) to download the case and responses as a PDF (207 kb).


Tamara McColl, MD FRCPC

Tamara McColl, MD FRCPC

Associate Editor, ALiEM MEdIC Series
Emergency Physician, St. Boniface Hospital, WRHA
Academic Lead, Educational Scholarship
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Manitoba