Submission ID 77911

Code OC-3-2
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Category Medical Education
Type Oral
Will the presenter be a: Other
Presenter Other Postdoctoral Fellow
Title Social Media as A Dissemination and Knowledge Translation Strategy Among Health Professions Educators: A Scoping Review
Background/Purpose Health professions educators often use social media to share knowledge; however, it is unclear what specific dissemination and knowledge translation (KT) processes are occurring and the implications of this sharing for health professions education (HPE). This study explored how educators have used social media as a mechanism of dissemination and KT in the peer-reviewed and grey literature.
Methods We employed a critical scoping review methodology, informed by Engeström's Activity Theory. We searched 12 databases and included studies that: a) addressed health professions educators; b) described the use of social media for dissemination or KT; c) focused on a regulated health profession; d) focused on undergraduate or postgraduate education; and e) were published in English or French between 2011 and 2021. Data were analyzed using numerical and qualitative content analyses.
Results Of the 4,859 articles screened, 37 were eligible for inclusion. Social media may facilitate knowledge sharing in HPE but there is a lack of conceptual clarity on what is meant by 'dissemination' and 'KT'. Who is responsible for sharing knowledge, what knowledge is being shared, and the target audiences are not always clear. Multiple factors (e.g., affordances, opportunity costs) influence how social media is used as a mechanism of dissemination, and it remains unclear whether and how it is used as a mechanism of KT.
Discussion Concepts like KT and dissemination, which are often borrowed from other disciplines, must be critically evaluated for their relevance and suitability if they are to be appropriately applied to HPE.
Keyword 1 Social Media
Keyword 2 Dissemination
Keyword 3 Knowledge Translation
Abstract content most relevant to: (check all that apply) Residency Education
Undergraduate Medical Education
Abstract Track - First Choice Teaching and learning
Teaching and Learning E-Learning/Technology
Authors Catherine Giroux
Catherine Giroux
Catherine Giroux
Catherine Giroux
Sungha Kim
Lindsey Sikora
André Bussières
Aliki Thomas

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