Thursday, October 21, 2010

Social Media in Medical Education | AAIM2010

Slides from our Social Media workshop for medical educators at Academic Internal Medicine Week 2010. Presenters represent 3 different universities and different roles in medical education. Please contact us for further information and re-use or for guest speaking engagements. We do birthday parties.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

An Introduction To Podcasting: Audio From Our #smime Workshop Podcasting Session

Audio from the hands-on podcasting session at the Social Media in Medical Education workshop at AAIM 2010.

After being introduced to the basics of podcasting, the group recorded this quick snippet to introduce itself to the podcasting world!

An Introduction To Social Media: Audio From Our #smime Workshop Presentation

The presentation portion of the Social Media in Medical Education workshop at AAIM 2010.

Covering blogging by Kathy Chretien (@MotherinMed), Twitter by Vinny Arora (@FutureDocs), wikis by Carrie Saarinen (@carrie_at_umass), and podcasting by Ben Ferguson (@pritzkerpodcast).

Thursday, October 14, 2010


We will be publishing an actual podcast episode that will be created during the AAIM Workshop. Stay tuned for more info. This file serves as an introduction to the podcasting portion of the SMiME workshop.

The final product will eventually be available here as well as on iTunes; if you'd like to subscribe using another podcatcher, its RSS feed will be

Monday, October 11, 2010

Why do you Tweet me this way?

Twitter. It's everywhere. You have probably heard major news network anchors and assorted personalities cheerfully invite you to 'follow' them on Twitter. Newspapers use Twitter; their online versions speckled with little blue Twitter icons, begging to be clicked. Universities, hospitals, major corporations, car dealerships, grocery stores - they all have Twitter accounts.

What is Twitter?

According to their website, "Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?"

Imagine asking a question and getting answers within minutes from colleagues, friends, co-workers, anyone within your network. This is what Twitter does.

What is Twitter used for?

You post, or 'tweet' a question or comment, then your network sees what you posted and comments back to you. Twitter is faster than email because people don't wait until they are back in the office to reply to you, as they often do with email. You can share and receive messages anywhere because Twitter is easy to use on your mobile phone, Blackberry, iPhone, or PDA.

What you post on Twitter can be anything - you can send a question or request for information, make a comment about something you heard or read, or share a link to an online journal or newspaper article.

Twitter & You

Twitter is confusing, but it is a dynamic communication tool.

For example, you might read an interesting article you wish to share, such as "Captivating story about med school student w/brain cancer researching a cure. @".

You might use Twitter to spread awareness of an issue, such as Dr Anas Younes who uses Twitter to share information for those who live and work with Hodgkin's lymphoma. "Why Do I Tweet?" Dr Anas Younes, on Medicine and Social Media

You might also use Twitter to look for feedback or input, such as blog writer, Twitter user and Primary Care doc Kevin Pho who frequently asks for input on topics that interest him. "Is Twitter necessary for physicians and other medical professionals?"

Special thanks to Bonnie Anderson, in beautiful St. Louis Missouri, for assistance with this article.
Originally posted by Carrie Saarinen at 7/24/2009 on her TechNotes blog.