Pitfalls to avoid in collecting patient related teaching materials

Brugada SyndromeEducators are eager to gather valuable learning tools such as EKGs and x-rays to be used in teaching for our learners, whether from our home institutions or internationally through the internet. However, this may not always be seen as altruistic; history and even modern day medicine is full of examples of misguided attempts to further medicine at the expense of patients such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment from 1932-1972.

The focus of this post is how to go about collecting patient data for teaching purposes and avoiding confidentiality and consent violations while always remaining respectful of the patient and their rights.   


By |2016-11-11T19:02:21-08:00Jun 21, 2013|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

Should physicians be trained as “knowledge workers”?

Internet_map_1024According to Wikipedia a Knowledge Worker is someone whose main job is to employ creative, divergent, convergent thinking to solve problems with the help of searching new information. In the 21st century these Knowledge Workers may use Internet tools, such as social media, to form a collaborative network of expertise. These networks might be open or not. There are plenty of companies using knowledge management in order to optimize their performance.


By |2016-11-11T18:37:08-08:00Jun 19, 2013|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

Maximizing Conferences through Twitter

Conferences are necessary. It’s how we network, exchange research ideas, and share advances in emergency medicine. The reality is that we cannot attend every conference out there because of time, money, and schedule conflicts. But thanks to Twitter, it is no longer necessary to be physically present to reap the benefits of a conference.

This post lists information on how to get involved and stay involved with the Twitter conversation and learn from our great conferences without breaking your bank or schedule.


By |2017-03-05T14:14:47-08:00May 24, 2013|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

How Social Media is Making an Impact in Medicine

Screen Shot 2013-05-12 at 6.15.28 PMWhether you realize it or not, the use of social media (i.e. Facebook, twitter, and blogs) has found its way into the world of medical students, residents, physicians, and medical educators all around the world. The use of these resources has several advantages versus in-person/print educational tool:

  • Overcomes physical or temporal barriers
  • Provides searchable content
  • Encourages interactivity


By |2016-11-11T18:37:29-08:00May 21, 2013|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

Writing content for social media? Protect yourself!

Hand holding a Social Media 3d SphereIn the past few months, this blog has been successful in working with Google to remove pirating sites, which directly cut and paste all of our content (including PV cards!) directly into their own blog as their own. This broaches the greater question of disclaimers, copyright, and privacy.

Last month, Dr. Steve Carroll (EM Basic) nicely summarized these issues and constructed nice language for anyone’s social media productions. In fact, with his permission, I have incorporated much of the wordings into this blog’s disclaimer section (bottom of About Us). (more…)

By |2016-12-20T11:19:42-08:00Apr 7, 2013|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|
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