Tag Archives: Twitter

Netiquette – playing nice on social media

24 Feb

A short note here following the helpful twitter chat today with #hcsmanz [transcript link]

Background

Wikipedia defines netiquette. However, the clearest summary is contained in the following picture:

Better understanding of the conventions for engaging in social media conversations will, hopefully, get more people to stop lurking and join in. Social media conversations are more than tea time conversations. Social media is not only “social” but can be a powerful tool for professional development.

Resources or not reinventing the wheel

Link at Learn the Net – Your online guide

BBC Webwise making the most of being online.

A useful podcast for social media education is The Social Hour [Friday’s 2100 UMT]

Some examples – why social media matters for health and social care

Link to Youth Health 2.0
for articles on social media and mobile technology in public health, e.g.

  • Social media and the medical needs of American Indians
  • The art of engaging indigenous youth via social media

For (health and social care) professionals @brookmanknight has the last word:

“with medical people I talk collaborative peer support open access learning. Social as a word is not useful to engage or invite.”

TASME #ukmeded Chat

31 Oct

An excellent opportunity to share ideas with #meded enthusiasts

Med Ed Connect

On Thursday 1st November at 9pm TASME will be hosting #UKmeded chat on twitter.

For those that don’t know, TASME (Trainees in the Association for the Study of Medical Education) is a Special Interest Group of ASME (Association for the Study of Medical Education) that aims to support trainee involvement in teaching. More information can be found on the website here.

The broad topic for discussion will be ‘the role of trainees in medical education’ but as well as trainees, we welcome input from a range of healthcare professionals at all levels. Are you a medical student who struggles to get teaching from trainees that are often too busy? Perhaps you are a trainee who is keen to get involved in med ed but doesn’t know to start? Maybe you’re a consultant that thinks trainees lack the experience required to teach effectively.

Some of the questions we’d like to answer…

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Is it SMART to use Social Media?

11 Mar

Terms behind the letters

There is no clear consensus about what the five or seven keywords mean, or even what they are in any given situation. Typically accepted values are:
Letter Major Term Minor Terms
S Specific Significant, Stretching, Simple
M Measurable Meaningful, Motivational, Manageable
A Attainable Appropriate, Achievable, Agreed, Assignable, Actionable, Ambitious, Aligned, Aspirational, Acceptable, Action-focused
R Relevant Results-oriented, Realistic, Resourced, Resonant
T Timely Time-oriented, Time framed, Timed, Time-based, Timeboxed, Time-bound, Time-Specific, Timetabled, Time limited, Trackable, Tangible
E Evaluate Ethical, Excitable, Enjoyable, Engaging, Ecological
R Reevaluate Rewarded, Reassess, Revisit, Recordable, Rewarding, Reaching

Choosing certain combinations of these labels can cause duplication, such as selecting ‘Attainable’ and ‘Realistic’, or can cause significant overlapping as in combining ‘Appropriate’ and ‘Relevant’ for example. The term ‘Agreed’ is often used in management situations where buy-in from stakeholders is desirable (e.g. appraisal situations).
[edit] Developing SMART goals

Paul J. Meyer describes the characteristics of S.M.A.R.T. goals in Attitude is Everything. Meyer, Paul J (2003). What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail? Creating S.M.A.R.T. Goals. Attitude Is Everything: If You Want to Succeed Above and Beyond. Meyer Resource Group, Incorporated, The. ISBN 9780898113044

Good question on #hcsmanz made me ponder on the question of why using Twitter and other social media is attractice way to learn and interact with people removed from my immediate local circle of contacts.

The S.M.A.R.T. framework does seem to hold the answer. And I am grateful to the team from #hcsmanz for indentifying this concept here.

I have learned much more from social media interactions in the past 6 months than from other sources of information. And here is why.

The topics which matter are SIGNIFICANT to me. The format is MANAGEABLE and MEANINGFUL. The concepts are ALIGNED (not least because social media does tend to herd like minded people together) and APPROPRIATE for the moment. The sentiments are RESONANT with my own. Twitter chat sessions are TIME-BOUND and TIMETABLED, while many of the ideas are TANGIBLE. The crux of the discussion today is “evaluation”, and it feels to me that most discussions do meet goals for learning for the aforementioned reasons. But there is more to social medial chat too: I find the discussions ENJOYABLE, ENGAGING, and ETHICAL. Finally, after the event, I have discovered that the discussions are RECORDABLE (transcripts often available soon afterwards), and REWARDING because some ideas and suggested actions can be used in my clinical work or interactions with colleagues soon after.

It will be a shame if bureaucrats impose more concrete evaluation on the social media discussions because, in my opinion, the unstructured nature of the social media discussion would lose something precious if the conversation were reduced to measurable outcomes. David Haslam, former RCGP Chief Examiner once stated, that not all that is measurable counts while not all that counts is measurable. It is worth keeping this in mind when thinking about evaluation of social media.

Paediatrician hits sweet spot with social media

21 Aug

KC Kids Doc   Dr Natasha celebrates her experience using social media here.  It is great to learn that her clinical practice has expanded with this, that her knowledge and skills are enhances and she feels less isolated as a doctor and mother.

UK General Practice marches to a different drum – there is no extra income from web presence.  A social media presence can create more work for beleaguered staff with no increase in practice revenue.  Keeping up to date and minimising professional isolation are likely to be common to UK and US doctors.

Nevertheless, her experience is salutory.  Not least to use as an argument to encourage reluctant colleagues to jump on board the social media train.  It is more than just inane comments about the weather and so forth.  Social media can be a force for good.  However, the NHS must evolve into a different organisation to make it worth the time for many UK doctors.

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