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social media and networks in medical education
Here are some of the places and posts that I think particularly show how social media and networks might be useful in medical education (and also some of the risks)
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GMedEd - ECG Basics (with image, tweet) · DrSLJ

The ECG Basics #GMedEd session
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From @drslj - an example of using Tiwtter for medical education

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You have a Twitter account... now what?

You have a Twitter account... now what? | social media and networks in medical education | Scoop.it

So you have a Twitter account. Great!  But what's next? Maybe you've had this account for months or years and you haven't figured out what to do with it. Here are a few quick tips to enhance your experience!

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From my blog! I wrote this after ASME and AMEE last year.. I hope you find it helpful to pass on to others.

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Twitter Finals Revision Group: How twitfrg Works

The idea for this group is that a topic/area of study for revision will be decided (ideally by voting, but initially most likely by the admins). A revision document will then be posted on the blog, usually with a few relevant MCQs for you to try 2- 3 days before the designated date and time for discussion.

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Want help with revising for your medical finals? Here is teh backgroung to #twitfrg - a finals revision group on Twitter- a collaboration between doctors and students across the UK. The future??

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Study author joins #twitjc discussion

Last week I asked surgical checklist study author, Atul Gawande, to join a twitter discussion on his paper, And despite being on holiday- he did!

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[1305.0435] The role of twitter in the life cycle of a scientific publication

Twitter is a micro-blogging social media platform for short messages that can have a long-term impact on how scientists create and publish ideas. We investigate the usefulness of twitter in the development and distribution of scientific knowledge. At the start of the life cycle of a scientific publication, twitter provides a large virtual department of colleagues that can help to rapidly generate, share and refine new ideas. As ideas become manuscripts, twitter can be used as an informal arena for the pre-review of works in progress. Finally, tweeting published findings can communicate research to a broad audience of other researchers, decision makers, journalists and the general public that can amplify the scientific and social impact of publications. However, there are limitations, largely surrounding issues of intellectual property and ownership, inclusiveness and misrepresentations of science sound bites. Nevertheless, we believe twitter is a useful social media tool that can provide a valuable contribution to scientific publishing in the 21st century

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This came to me via scientist,  Dr Alison Stelling  (@drstelling). It is a very good summary of the way that social media is likely to impact on research and academic journals more in the futire. 

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Can Twitter open up a new space for learning, teaching and thinking?

Can Twitter open up a new space for learning, teaching and thinking? | social media and networks in medical education | Scoop.it

"It does seem a little unconvincing to imply that using Twitter can suddely give students a great burst of critical or evaluative potential. However perhaps the value of social networks does not necessarily needs to be narrowly pedagogic. Aren't students given a better platform for academic performance where they feel a sense of security, confidence and belonging? That is what the HEA 'What Works' programme suggests. If social networks can connect students, keep students more up-to-date, and break down relational barriers, then it could free them from the confidence and anxiety issues than can impact upon performance. In other words - simply the effectiveness of using social networks to disseminate information and allow students to connect with staff and each other, might be what makes it an effective learning tool." Fron @NCUtutor

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This is a comment by @ncututor on a Guardian discussion Twitter as a learning space and gets to the heart of the matter for me. 

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Keeping ECG's Simple: The Cardiac Axis - For 4 yr olds

Keeping ECG's Simple: The Cardiac Axis - For 4 yr olds | social media and networks in medical education | Scoop.it
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Heather, a GP, runs this blog to support #ecgclass which she runs during the week. It is a mine of information for anyone learning about cardiology. Did you think that Thomas the Tank engine might be relevant to ECGs? NO!! Read on and be convinced! 

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