Twitter In Medical Education


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Twitter In Medical Education

  1. 1. Twitter for Medical Education – What is it and Why Should I Care? Julie K. Hewett International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)
  2. 2. What is Twitter? <ul><li>Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets . </li></ul><ul><li>Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers . Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Wikipedia (August 2009) </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is Twitter <ul><li>Short & Sweet – </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter is: </li></ul><ul><li>An information sharing application that serves as a conduit for connecting people. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Twitter Basics First Step: Go to And create an account
  5. 5. Twitter Basics Second Step: Customize your Account
  6. 6. Twitter Basics Once you have an account, you will need to “follow” people in order to receive “Tweets” Others need to “follow” you to see your “Tweets”
  7. 7. Twitter Basics <ul><li>Ways to find people to follow: </li></ul>
  8. 8. Twitter Basics Click to Follow Subscribe to RSS Feed Send a Direct Message
  9. 9. Twitter Basics <ul><li>Send a Tweet </li></ul>
  10. 10. Twitter Basics <ul><li>Receive </li></ul><ul><li>a </li></ul><ul><li>Response </li></ul>
  11. 11. Twitter Basics <ul><li>Hashtags </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia Definition (August 2009): </li></ul><ul><li>In online computer systems terminology, a tag is a non-hierarchical keyword or term assigned to a piece of information (such as an internet bookmark, digital image, or computer file). </li></ul><ul><li>This kind of metadata helps describe an item and allows it to be found again by browsing or searching. </li></ul><ul><li>Tags are chosen informally and personally by the item's creator or by its viewer, depending on the system. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Twitter Basics <ul><li>Short & Sweet </li></ul><ul><li>#Hashtag: </li></ul><ul><li>Method to add a reference label to a conversation for future searches </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g., #IAMSE10 – IAMSE 2010 Conference </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>e.g., #MedEd – Medical Education </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Twitter in Medical Education <ul><li>Who is using Twitter in MedEd? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hospitals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health Organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Libraries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty Members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Twitter in Medical Education <ul><li>Examples of Medical Schools using Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Duke - @dukemedicine </li></ul><ul><li>Yale - @yalemedicine </li></ul><ul><li>UMDNJ @umdnj_rwms </li></ul><ul><li>University of Missouri SOM - @mumedicine </li></ul><ul><li>Ohio State Medical Center - @osumc </li></ul><ul><li>University of Michigan – @UMHealthSystems </li></ul><ul><li>University of Texas – Houston - @UTMedSchool </li></ul><ul><li>Dalhousie Medical School - @DalMedSchool </li></ul><ul><li>Leiden University Medical Center - @LUMC_Leiden </li></ul>
  15. 15. Twitter in Medical Education <ul><li>Top 5 Hospitals </li></ul><ul><li>Mayo Clinic – 6,639 </li></ul><ul><li> @MayoClinic </li></ul><ul><li>Aurora St Luke’s – 4,869 </li></ul><ul><li>@Aurora_Health </li></ul><ul><li>St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – 3,595 </li></ul><ul><li>@StJude </li></ul><ul><li>Children’s National Medical Center – 3,141 </li></ul><ul><li>@ChildrensHealth </li></ul><ul><li>Scripps Memorial Hospital – 3,119 </li></ul><ul><li>@ScrippsHealth </li></ul>Followers as of August 23, 2009
  16. 16. Twitter in Medical Education <ul><li>Examples of Health Organizations Using Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>World Health Organization – @WHONews </li></ul><ul><li>National Institute of Health - @nih_gov </li></ul><ul><li>Center for Disease Control - @CDCEmergency </li></ul><ul><li>@CDCFlu @CDC_eHealth </li></ul>
  17. 17. Twitter in Medical Education <ul><li>Examples of Medical Libraries Using Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Florida Int’l Univ Medical Library - @fiumedlib </li></ul><ul><li>Yale Medical Library - @ymedlib </li></ul><ul><li>Commonweath Medical Library - @tcmclibrary </li></ul><ul><li>VAMC Medical Library - @vamcmedlib </li></ul><ul><li>Chiang Mai Thailand University Library - @cmumedlib </li></ul>
  18. 18. Twitter in Medical Education <ul><li>Examples of Medical Journals using Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>JAMA - @JAMA_current </li></ul><ul><li>British Medical Journal - @bmj_latest </li></ul><ul><li>Student BMJ - @StudentBMJ </li></ul><ul><li>American Journal of Nursing - @AmJNurs </li></ul><ul><li>PubMed - @ncbi_pubmed </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Listing - </li></ul>
  19. 19. Twitter in Medical Education <ul><li>Let’s not forget - </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty Members & Students! </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Twitter in Medical Education <ul><li>How can Twitter be used? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Announcements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helping Students to Study </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gathering Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promoting Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing Employment Opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Twitter in Medical Education Example of Tweets
  22. 22. Twitter in Medical Education <ul><li>By Medical Schools </li></ul>
  23. 23. Twitter in Medical Education Helping Students Study
  24. 24. Twitter in Medical Education <ul><li>Gathering Resources </li></ul>
  25. 25. Twitter in Medical Education Sharing of Resources
  26. 26. Twitter in Medical Education Sharing of Resources
  27. 27. Twitter in Medical Education To Promote Activities
  28. 28. Twitter in Medical Education Promoting Activities
  29. 29. Twitter in Medical Education Sharing Employment Opportunities
  30. 30. Twitter in Medical Education <ul><li>Additional Reading: </li></ul><ul><li>Pharma Twitterama: Exploring the Use of Twitter in Pharma and Healthcare – Shwen Gwee </li></ul><ul><li>140 Health Care Uses for Twitter – Phil Baumann </li></ul>
  31. 31. Twitter in the Classroom <ul><li>Ways in which Twitter can be used in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Direct Tweets between Faculty/Students </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with Fellow Students </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate on Project </li></ul><ul><li>Make Announcements </li></ul><ul><li>Take a Poll ( </li></ul><ul><li>Share Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Follow Mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Promote an Event </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing Pictures ( </li></ul><ul><li>Brainstorming </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Attendee at Events </li></ul><ul><li>Source: 50 Ways to Use Twitter in the College Classroom </li></ul>
  32. 32. Twitter Tools Tools to Make it Easier!
  33. 33. Twitter Tools TweetDeck Tool that allows you to sort your followers into groups. Application can be synched to iPhone
  34. 34. Twitter Tools Seesmic Desktop Tool that allows you to sort your followers into groups & to monitor multiple accounts at the same time.
  35. 35. Twitter Tools
  36. 36. Twitter – Final Thoughts <ul><li>Why Should I Care? </li></ul><ul><li>Your students are tweeting </li></ul><ul><li>Your institution is tweeting </li></ul><ul><li>Your colleagues are tweeting </li></ul><ul><li>What are they saying? What are they sharing? </li></ul>
  37. 37. Twitter – Final Thoughts <ul><li>Is Twitter a waste of time? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It depends on how you use it and who you follow ! </li></ul></ul>
  38. 38. Twitter – Final Thoughts <ul><li>Think about how you want to use Twitter before you begin to follow people </li></ul><ul><li>Tweet with value </li></ul><ul><li>Use tools such as Tweetdeck or Seesmic to make it easier </li></ul><ul><li>Use #Hashtags when appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Ask questions / solicit feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t feel obligated to follow back </li></ul>
  39. 39. @iamse @jkhewett Contact: [email_address]