Lessons Learned from an Impromptu Twitter Consensus Conference on Blog Design

Written jointly by Teresa Chan & Tessa Davis (Guest writer from “DontForgetTheBubbles.com“)

A Brief Background: It seemed like an average Thursday at first. But then, on November 21 (November 22 to some in Australia) controversy struck our little online #FOAMed world. With the launch of the Social Media Index on the ALiEM website, something had existed for almost six months at BoringEM.org suddenly became a point of contention.

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By |2016-11-16T09:38:02-08:00Nov 24, 2013|Social Media & Tech|

Social Media Index (SM-i) on ALiEM

Hand holding a Social Media 3d SphereThe Social Media Index (SM-i) started with a pilot on BoringEM. The rationale for the experiment was that the health care professionals creating Free Open-Access Medical Education (FOAM) resources had no way to measure their impact in the way that scholars (h-index) and journals (Impact Factor) do. This made it difficult for them to quantify the impact of their work and for the consumers of FOAM to distinguish between reputable and unproven websites. While I am aware of the many imperfections of the index as it now stands, I believe the pilot demonstrated that there is enough value in the concept to justify further exploration.

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By |2017-03-05T14:18:36-08:00Nov 21, 2013|Social Media & Tech|

Discussing Annals EM article: Social Media and Physician Learning

SoME and Physician learningExpertPeerReviewStamp2x200I was delighted to see the News and Perspectives piece in this month’s Annals of Emergency Medicine about “Social Media and Physician Learning” (free PDF). I had totally forgotten that Jan Greene, the author, had called to talk with me several months ago. In the piece, she discusses many of the issues with which I struggle:

  • Is peer review good or bad?
  • What is the role of blog and podcast sites in the future of medical education?
  • With the ease of how anyone can be “published” on blogs, how can one decide on the trustworthiness of open educational resources such as FOAM?
  • Can or should social media education practices be held up to the rigorous scientific standards of original research?

Here are some noteworthy quotes:

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Dear Program Director: Get your program on Twitter!

Dear Program Directors,important

I understand how tough it can be to come up with quality resident education to fulfill educational requirements on a weekly basis all year around. For most programs that is approximately 5 hours of conference material, once a week, pretty much every week of the year. That equals 260 hours of educational material that needs to be high yield, engaging, and entertaining enough to hold the attention of the millennial generation. This is an especially daunting task if tackled alone. So don’t do this alone! Start a program-wide Twitter account!

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By |2016-11-11T19:04:18-08:00Oct 25, 2013|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

Powerpoint Slide Redesign: Best Examples from IEMTC13 Workshop

winnerAt the 2013 International EM Teaching Course yesterday, Dr. Stacey Poznanski and I gave a workshop on “Powerpoint Resuscitation” to address all the widespread pitfalls which cause “death by powerpoint”. Here are the winners from the workshop competition, illustrating great examples of the coherence, redundancy, and multimedia principles that we reviewed. The slide examples are in pairs in a before-workshop and after-workshop format. Amazing what star educators can get done in a 60 minute workshop!

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By |2017-03-05T14:18:37-08:00Oct 24, 2013|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|

Need your valued input: Funding stream strategy for ALiEM

MoneyOver the past 4+ years, ALiEM has grown to be an exciting educational blog which focuses on the clinical, educational, and academic aspects of emergency medicine. It has far exceeded any of my expectations and has been an incredibly valuable and rewarding experience for me personally. Since its inception, the site has transitioned from a single-author site to a site with a superstar team of authors who cover a diverse range of clinical (e.g. cardiovascular, critical care, geriatric EM, pharmacology) and educational (book club, MEdiC series, educational pedagogies) content as well as an expert peer-review system. As now the blog’s Editor in Chief, I am constantly amazed that we have been successful on pretty much a small, self-funded budget. Going forward, I now realize that the blog’s continued growth and creative strategies are rate-limited by funding. 

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By |2016-11-11T19:03:54-08:00Sep 25, 2013|Social Media & Tech|

5 Rules To Guide Your Approach to Learning in Social Media

Hand holding a Social Media 3d SphereBlogs, podcasts, and other social media platforms in medical education, known collectively as Free Open Access Meducation (FOAM), are becoming increasingly popular and integrated into daily learning habits. Through various push technologies, these resources come to you in the form of RSS feeds, podcast tools, and other apps. Do you have a mental checklist to help you determine whether the content is trustworthy and accurate? How do you process the information from FOAM sites?

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By |2017-01-20T12:30:38-08:00Sep 18, 2013|Medical Education, Social Media & Tech|
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