These are the slides from my talk at the East Midlands VLE development day. It has also been videoed and if possible I will share that too. I might even be able to get an audiofeed and upload it and synch it if possible.
But this is where I grew up in a very beautiful part of the world. This is a mile up the road from my mum’s house – a lovely view of the Mourne mountains. There is a strong sense of community here and when I return I am not known just by my achievements but by my relationships.
The sheep! Yes, they are hardy and we could perhaps learn something about ‘thriving in a colder climate from them’. You might recognise this photo as I have had it as my twitter backdrop for a few years. More recently I added the ‘determined not to be one of the sheep’ line to my twitter bio. What did/do I mean by that? I suppose it is a reaction against the ‘herd mentality’ that we sometimes seem to see online. I wanted to assert that I pride myself on being critical, sceptical and reflexive.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevegarfield/6426905021/And lastly, you can inspire others. Do you know this amazingly busy, and productive man? It's AtulGawande- surgeon, author and researcher. The eloquent AtulGawande can teach you about how to use Twitter.
Last year, I spotted this tweet one Sunday afternoon. Two minutes later I had made my reply to him.
. I invited him to participate in a discussion of his paper in the Twitter Journal Club, a twice monthly discussion of a paper on Twitter, started by a medical student, Fi Douglas, and Natalie Silvey, a junior doctor. This was too good an opportunity to miss. What do you think happened?
Well- the discussion started and there was no sign of AtulGawande. People were making some of the usual complaints about the original surgical checklist paper. It didn't apply to the developed world etc etc. But then he joined in. He started commenting on the discussion. And if you have any doubt about how 140 characters can be used to communicate anything useful watch and learn from this master. So what was the reaction? People were thrilled and informed. AtulGawande was on vacation with his family but he was able to share his expertise with students and others who asked him questions about his work. He was inspiring. Do you want to inspire others?
My very first tweet was made in May 2008. I was invited to join Twitter by a friend who works in IT. It just happens that at the time I was still at work thinking about a teaching session so my first tweet has quite a strong medical education flavour. Like many people I wasn't sure what to actually make of Twitter after this and I left it for several months until I went to two medical education conferences and decided that social media could serve a purpose for me.
But the barriers to sharing this kind of local practical information are not only technical, they are more likely to be social. After all email has been around for years. If we were truly happy sharing about our practice then we would have been doing this already. Some of the reasons that we don’t share our practice are concerns about who we are talking to- who is in control? Who has power? What will be the implications of sharing for how we see ourselves and how others see us?
I was asked this question by someone I don’t know on Twitter a few months ago. I thought about it an decided it was appropriate to respond.
This is what I said.
But the next tweet made it clear that this was about cancer- something much more serious that I had considered. I have written more about what happened in my blog here: http://wishfulthinkinginmedicaleducation.blogspot.com/2011/07/blurred-boundaries-for-health.html
Social Media in Medical Education
social media in #meded Dr Anne Marie Cunningham Academic lead for eLearningSchool of Medicine, Cardiff University @amcunningham
1. Be aware of the image you present online and manage this proactively2. Recognise that the personal and professional can’t always be separated3. Engage with the public but be cautious of giving personal advice4. Respect the privacy of all patients, especially the vulnerable5. Show your human side, but maintain professional boundaries6. Contribute your expertise, insights and experience7. Treat others with consideration, politeness and respect8. Remember that other people may be watching you9. Support your colleagues and intervene when necessary10. Test out new ideas, learn from your mistakes – and have fun!RCGP SOCIAL MEDIA HIGHWAYCODE
1. Be aware ofthe image youpresent onlineand manage thisproactivelyhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/verbeeldingskr8/4324902924/
2. Recognise that the personal and professional can’talways be separated
3. Engage withthe public but becautious ofgiving personaladvicehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/mckln/3449315633/
4. Respect theprivacy of allpatients, especially thevulnerablehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/buriednexttoyou/5095255302/
5. Show yourhuman side, butmaintainprofessionalboundaries “could @amcunningham answer me a quick question please? just need a definition of something medical”
“go ahead... I can point you in right direction forgood definitions:)”
“@amcunningham thanks can you just tell mewhat is meant by distant metastases please theemphasis being on the distant”
6. Contribute your expertise, insights and experience