Social Media in Medical Education

This animation film was submitted by a med student to YouTube for the instructor of a course about ‘Narratives of Ageing:Exploring Creative Approaches to Dementia Care’.

Students visited a locked unit at a care facility for people with Alzheimer’s disease. They used YouTube to watch streamed video made by Alzheimer’s disease advocacy groups, twitter was used for real time communication between med students and instructors, Skype was used to interact with and talk to various experts.

The instructors took and uploaded pictures to Flickr of students and residents interacting. Several students used these pictures for a creative final project which resulted in a scrapbook that was given to the residents. And one of them produced this animation film.

This is one of two innovative pilot studies done with graduate med students and social media. Students rated both courses highly, mentioning the helpfulness of social media.
On the down side: demands on time outside the classroom; concerns about privacy, and lack of facility with technology.

Social media can augment learning opportunities in many medical schools, and help students acquire tools and skill sets for problem solving, networking and collaboration in the 21st century. The command of such technologies will be increasingly important to the practice of medicine in the 21st century.

I think they used social media very creatively, but was it worth while? What do you think?
George, D., & Dellasega, C. (2011). Social media in medical education: two innovative pilot studies Medical Education DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2923.2011.04124.x