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Using twitter to teach public health to undergraduate medical students fluscenario

Using Twitter to teach Public Health to undergraduate medical students - #fluscenario

Dr Ellie Hothersall

Theme Lead for Public Health

Deputy Convenor Systems in Practice

Locum Consultant in Public Health

[email protected] @DundeePublicH


The challenge
The challenge medical students - #

Public Health is “common sense”

Easy

Concepts rather than facts

Hard to assess

Difficult to get engagement from majority


The solution
The solution? medical students - #

  • Get ‘em while they’re young

  • Try to develop conversations not teach facts

  • Make it relevant and engaging


Fluscenario
# medical students - #fluscenario

  • Online

  • Done in Private Study

  • Using familiar social media

  • Low input required from staff

  • Peer support


Origins of fluscenario
Origins of # medical students - #fluscenario

  • Based on previous work by nhssm.org

  • Original scenarios written by Mr Alex Talbott and Dr Chloe Sellwood

  • Twitter chat with Social Media emphasis

  • Easy to tweak to student focus

  • We gave the option of using Twitter or a secure blog or email for responding


Purpose of fluscenario
Purpose of # medical students - #fluscenario

  • To introduce you to pandemic ‘flu and emergency planning

  • To develop an online learning conversation

  • (To understand there is more to public health than drinking water and inequalities)

  • (To understand how social media will influence your professional life)


Outline
Outline medical students - #


Outline1
Outline medical students - #


Background early warning
Background/Early warning medical students - #

Assumptions in planning (e.g. 50% affected, 4% hospitalised)

Link to early BBC coverage: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8017777.stm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8021483.stm

Spread internationally: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/8019364.stm

Questions for discussion

e.g. What could you be doing now to get ready?


Outline2
Outline medical students - #


Outline3
Outline medical students - #


Outline4
Outline medical students - #


What happened
What happened? medical students - #

  • 2,987 Tweets using the hashtag #fluscenario

  • Contributions from staff, students, others

  • Mean number of Tweets per student was 13.8 (range 1-88).

  • Peak Twitter activity was in the first 12 hours, with >1,000 Tweets within 8 hours of launching the first scenario.


Evaluation
Evaluation medical students - #

  • “did not understand the point of the exercise”

  • “waste of time”

  • “I enjoyed using twitter as a new way of teaching and I feel like I learnt a lot from the opportunity to discuss the flu scenario with my peers.”


“Whooping medical students - #cough: Three more babies die in outbreak http://t.co/VXAIC5Bu #fluscenario”

“Reading about the emergence of multidrug-resistant TB and automatically relating this to the spread of #fluscenario. Hello Library Weekends.”


View from the outside
View from the outside medical students - #


Next time
Next time? medical students - #

Better evaluation

Build ethics and communications in specifically

Ask students to identify key learning points

Get the students using Twitter earlier to “win them over” (e.g. #dundeeprn)

PLUS content/context analysis of tweets


Get involved
Get involved! medical students - #

Next run will be November 2013

#fluscenario

@DundeePublicH


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