It is time to improve the quality of medical information distributed to students across social media

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Title: It is time to improve the quality of medical information distributed to students across social media
Author(s): Zucker, B
Kontovounisios, C
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: The ubiquitous nature of social media has meant that its effects on fields outside of social communication have begun to be felt. The generation undergoing medical education are of the generation referred to as “digital natives”, and as such routinely incorporate social media into their education. Social media’s incorporation into medical education includes its use as a platform to distribute information to the public (“distributive education”) and as a platform to provide information to a specific audience (“push education”). These functions have proved beneficial in many regards, such as enabling constant access to the subject matter, other learners, and educators. However, the usefulness of using social media as part of medical education is limited by the vast quantities of poor quality information and the time required to find information of sufficient quality and relevance, a problem confounded by many student’s preoccupation with “efficient” learning. In this Perspective, the authors discuss whether social media has proved useful as a tool for medical education. The current growth in the use of social media as a tool for medical education seems to be principally supported by students’ desire for efficient learning rather than by the efficacy of social media as a resource for medical education. Therefore, improvements in the quality of information required to maximize the impact of social media as a tool for medical education are required. Suggested improvements include an increase in the amount of educational content distributed on social media produced by academic institutions, such as universities and journals.
Publication Date: 28-Mar-2018
Date of Acceptance: 22-Dec-2017
ISSN: 1179-7258
Publisher: Dove Medical Press
Start Page: 203
End Page: 205
Journal / Book Title: Advances in Medical Education and Practice
Volume: 2018
Issue: 9
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Zucker and Kontovounisios. This work is published and licensed by Dove Medical Press Limited. The full terms of this license are available at php and incorporate the Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial (unported, v3.0) License ( By accessing the work you hereby accept the Terms. Non-commercial uses of the work are permitted without any further permission from Dove Medical Press Limited, provided the work is properly attributed. For permission for commercial use of this work, please see paragraphs 4.2 and 5 of our Terms (
Keywords: distributive education
medical education
push education
social media
1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Division of Surgery
Faculty of Medicine

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