Submission ID 77598

Code OC-3-6
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Category Medical Education
Type Oral
Will the presenter be a: Resident
Title A Qualitative Exploration of the Use of Social Media for Learning by Emergency Medicine Doctors
Background/Purpose Medical education is ever changing with greater resources for medical practioners being available from more sources than ever. We have seen an explosion of free open access medical education resources (FOAMed) available to emergency medicine (EM) doctors. These FOAMed resources are often shared on SM in the name of medical education. Social Media Medical Education is up and coming and its role as an EM education resource is not yet fully understood. The aim of this work is to explore the reasons around the use of SM for learning by EM doctors.
Methods 20 EM doctors from all grades, were recruited from one hospital. Semi structured interviews were undertaken to explore reasons behind the use of SM for learning. The semi structured interview followed the principles of a Critical Incident Technique (CIT). CIT allows researchers to examine behaviours in order to understand practices and systems changes that may need to occur because of it. Following this, interviews were transcribed and then thematically analysed. Ethics was granted by Cardiff University.
Results Of the 20 participants, 6 were consultants, 7 were senior residents and 7 were junior resisdent level. Twitter was the most popular platform, infographics were the most popular resource and 80% spent less than 3 hours per week on SM for learning. Key themes from the thematic analysis as to why EM doctors used SM for their learning included; wanting to keep up to date, ease of access, discussion around topics, bench marking current practice, community and recommendations.
Discussion This unique study, has given insight into a rapidly growing field of medical education. With the rapid growth and uptake in SM use for educational purposes, it is vital that EM educators fully understand how it is being currently used. This will allow us to further grow and develop this exciting area, and maximise the educational impact on its users.
Keyword 1 Socail Media
Keyword 2 FOAMed
Keyword 3
Abstract content most relevant to: (check all that apply) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) (faculty development, CME)
Residency Education
Abstract Track - First Choice Teaching and learning
Teaching and Learning E-Learning/Technology
Authors Sarah Edwards

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