The Social Media Revolution in Nephrology Education.

The Social Media Revolution in Nephrology Education.

Gates B. Colbert, Joel Topf, Kenar D. Jhaveri, Tom Oates, Michelle N. Rheault, Silvi Shah, Swapnil Hiremath, Matthew A. Sparks

 

Abstract

The past decade has been marked by the increasing use of social media platforms, often on mobile devices. In the nephrology community, this has resulted in the organic and continued growth of individuals interested in using these platforms for education and professional development. Here, we review several social media educational resources used in nephrology education and tools including Twitter, videos, blogs, and visual abstracts. We will also review how these tools are used together in the form of games (NephMadness), online journal clubs (NephJC), interactive learning (GlomCon), and digital mentorship (Nephrology Social Media Collective [NSMC] Internship) to build unique educational experiences that are available globally 24 hours per day. Throughout this discussion, we focus on specific examples of free open-access medical education (FOAMed) tools that provide education and professional growth at minimal or no cost to the user. In addition, we discuss inclusion of FOAMed resource development in the promotion and tenure process, along with potential pitfalls and future directions.

 

Colbert GB, Topf J, Jhaveri KD, et al. The Social Media Revolution in Nephrology Education. Kidney International Reports. 2018;3(3):519-529. doi:10.1016/j.ekir.2018.02.003.

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