Those who know me know my interest in emerging technology in medicine and medical education continues to flourish. I am always looking for ways that technology can help drive medical education. Specifically, social media has the capability of disseminating information to a much greater number of learners than in the past via traditional formats. One such example is this great video by the AAMC on using wearable technologies in medical education, featuring Dr. Warren Wiechmann.
In discussing this within my academic environment, conversations almost always come back to scholarship, specifically, publishing in peer-reviewed journals. Articles on the use of social media in medicine are sparse, but are beginning to crop up in mainstream medical journals. Leaders such as Dr. Terry Kind are really demonstrating the impact via a scholarly approach.
It is with excitement that I read some recent articles (this and this) by some innovators in emergency medicine that can get physicians started using online resources and thinking about peer review with respect to blogs. Simply put, these articles are phenomenal! It is exciting to see that journal editors are beginning to see the impact of technology and social media for their readers.
With this blog, I am excited to announce a new opportunity for me: as social media editor for the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (@JCEHP). I thank JCEHP's senior editor, Curt Olson, for his vision to allow me to become involved in growing the journal's reach by utilizing social media, specifically twitter. In the coming year, we will work on creating and disseminating information via a blog for readers to provide comments on articles of interest, and will push content out to those interested via online social networks.
There are great ways of using social media for the betterment of medicine and medical education. One such way we have been utilizing at the Indiana University School of Medicine is to tweet our Pediatrics Grand Rounds (follow on Wednesday mornings, 8 am EST, at #iupedsgrrounds), which we've been doing for several years now. But how do we show (in a peer-reviewed journal) the impact of this activity? Many specialties have written about tweeting national conferences (including Oncology, Surgery, Nephrology and Urology, to name a few).
So how can we demonstrate this impact in the JCEHP journal? By including a presence within social media, we hope to start a conversation on how social media can provide an impact within medical education. It's a start, but we have to start somewhere. I'm excited to be a small part of this journey, both at my institution and at JCEHP.