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Doctors Use Social For Continuous Medical Education

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There are serious medical conversations going on every day on Twitter, squeezed in between the celebrity news and the millions posting what they had for lunch. To find them, just search for #FOAMed.

The hashtag refers to the concept of Free Open Access Meducation (medical education), or FOAM, first promoted at the 2012 International Conference on Emergency Medicine in a lecture by Mike Cadogan, an emergency medicine physician, educator and digital media enthusiast from Australia. Frustrated by the resistance of many physicians and medical educators to the serious potential of social media, he decided to rebrand what he and others were doing online as a form of continuing education.

 

 

I'd always seen blogging and podcasting as an amazing medium to use for medical education," Cadogan said in a Skype interview. He saw the rebranding as a way to "get people on board with something they felt was very beneath them."

The past year has seen proliferating use of the hashtag and specialty-specific variants on it (such as #FOAMcc for critical care doctors). While the Twitter feed itself, with its 140-character limit, doesn't lend itself to in deep exploration, it's acting as a carrier wave for broader conversations a click away in blogs, podcasts, videos and video chats. While this information has not gone through the same peer review filters as an article in a medical journal, enthusiasts say it is often more current and useful -- not necessarily for major research findings but as a way to share practical tips on techniques for the everyday practice of medicine.

 

"We've actively managed to engage a large group of researchers and significant academics who are moving away from writing textbooks and journal articles to doing more in the online arena," Cadogan said. "That's lending a sense of credence to what we're doing."

"The journals are still an essential part of the culture we work in," he allowed, but medical education is starting to be influenced by the open source and open content trends on the Internet, where "you take all the simple stuff, all the basic knowledge, and make it free." As an author of medical textbooks himself, Cadogan has decided it is more productive for him to spend his time blogging than to produce a new edition of one of those books.

Textbooks tend to be "outdated and expensive," whereas information gleaned from blogs and wikis can be better for fostering a "lifelong learning habit," said Michelle Lin, an associate professor of clinical emergency medicine at the University of California San Francisco and a contributor to the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine blog. Many FOAM enthusiasts will start a blog and use links posted to Twitter as "a means of directing people to their grander thoughts." Because of the growing number of clinical experts participating on Twitter, it can also be a powerful research tool, she said.

FOAM is distinct from the uses of social media for marketing or patient communication. Instead, the focus is on peer-to-peer networking of doctors.

Considered as education, FOAM mirrors what has been going on in other sectors of higher education with open educational resources (OERs) such as free digital textbooks and massive open online courses (MOOCs). At the undergraduate level, OER textbooks and other course materials are often promoted as a tool for lowering the cost of education, but also as a way of keeping instructional videos up to date by making them modular and digital. Although healthcare has some open textbook type projects of its own -- such as WikEM for emergency medicine -- most of the open education momentum is taking place outside of medical school.


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Did you know there are serious medical conversations going on every day on Twitter?  I've always enjoyed blogging and used it as a medium to share useful or generic education but it looks like with everything else in 2013  the tides are turning.

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Palliative care's role grows in solving end-of-life conflicts | Bioethics ...

[American Medical News] This particular case highlights some very common issues in end-of-life care: problems with patient competence, surrogate vs. provider autonomy, medical futility, and barriers to communication, which ...
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Hospice and Palliative Care seem to be the hot topics of the day.  See if this article makes anything more clear for you...

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What can a Senior Center do for you? - WKYT

What can a Senior Center do for you? WKYT In addition, Senior Centers also provide educational programs; Chronic Disease Self Management programs; legal advice; health promotion classes; trips, dancing and yoga; advocacy for senior issues; and...
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Everything , I say.  The most important thing is to find a senior center and friends that have your same interests

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Sandy Spencer's comment, August 13, 2013 10:20 PM
I agree, Kym. There's nothing like having friends who share some of the same interests. I have COPD and spend hours everyday with others with the same disease. We have so much to share that others simply wouldn't understand.
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You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying The Affordable Care Act : NPR

You Ask, We Answer: Demystifying The Affordable Care Act : NPR | Senior Care Education | Scoop.it
Think buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act will be confusing? You're not alone. NPR listeners asked questions that have been bugging them about state insurance exchanges and other new options.
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There are so many questions and the answwers seem to change daily ...This information may give you some piece of mind or at the least answer some of the questions you may have about the changes that impact you in 2014

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Empathy Without Boundaries

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People with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment may be more susceptible to emotional cues from those around them.

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 Take a deep breath and count to ten....It's so important to take a minute and look around, feel the energy in the room... mirroring your surroundings is a great way to avoid a negative outcome. My high energy makes this a neccesary requirement in any setting and I am still learning each and every day!

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Melissa's Notes: The emotions we carry into the room can affect those with MCI or Alzheimer's Disease -- and now there is scientific data to prove it!  Even taking two minutes to calm and center oneself before walking in can improve the chances of having a positive visit.

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Who will care for aging baby boomers?

Who will care for aging baby boomers? | Senior Care Education | Scoop.it
Americans are facing a huge shortage of caregivers for older and disabled people in the coming decades, according to a new report released Monday by AARP.

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Everyday I speak with a child of an older adult who is shocked to discover that most long term care is not covered by Medicare.  None of this is easy conversation for many people to discuss, but ignoring it could create avoidable hardship and grief.  Have the Talk and if you need assistance with the conversation, contact BrightStar at 805.233.3800

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Melissa Sandler's curator insight, August 27, 2013 11:03 PM

Melissa's Notes: At least once a week, I speak with someone who is shocked to discover that most long term care is not covered by the government.  This topic is not easy for many people to discuss, but ignoring it could create avoidable hardship.

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Exercise may be the best medicine for Alzheimer's disease

Regular, moderate exercise could improve memory and cognitive function in those at risk for Alzheimer's disease in a way no drug can.

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Side effect cannot out weigh the great things exercise may do for anyone at any age. Exercise may reduce your risk of falls,  improve your ability to sleep, and decrease your anxiety and depression.

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Melissa Sandler's curator insight, July 31, 2013 12:19 PM

Melissa's Notes: Using exercise to treat mild cognitive impairment does come with side effects.  Exercise is known to improve sleep, decrease anxiety and depression, increase energy levels, and reduce fall risk.  

John S. Bell's curator insight, July 31, 2013 4:54 PM

Very true

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The Importance of Influencing Pre-Market Consumers on Social Media

The Importance of Influencing Pre-Market Consumers on Social Media | Senior Care Education | Scoop.it
63 percent of car buyers have an initial brand in mind before they begin researching their purchase. (Source: Google/think) Why should you care about this stat that has to do with a category in whi...

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Why should you care...really?  Influence, Influence, Influence...Are you influencing your consumers purchases?

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NC A&T Alzheimer's Study Targets Blacks, The Group Most Affected by the ... - Diverse: Issues in Higher Educatio

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Dr. Goldie Byrd, lead investigator of the African Americans Alzheimer's Disease Study and Nathan F.
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More research needs to be done on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Disease within other ethnic backgrounds.  Numbers in the Black and Hispanic communities continue to rise as more visit their healthcare providers for neurological assessments.

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Usability for Senior Citizens

Users aged 65 and older are 43% slower at using websites than users aged 21–55. This is an improvement over previous studies, but designs must change to better accommodate aging users.

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Have you considered these guidelines?  Great article with stats showing the growing senior populations use of the internet and social media along with their limitiations to access.

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Melissa Sandler's curator insight, May 31, 2013 1:24 PM

Are you wondering why your website is not increasing your business from older adults?   If only Medicare, HUD, LA Department of Aging and other senior-focused services followed these guidelines!