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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.

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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

Public Health is “common sense”

Easy

Concepts rather than facts

Hard to assess

Difficult to get engagement from majority

the solution
The solution?
  • Get ‘em while they’re young
  • Try to develop conversations not teach facts
  • Make it relevant and engaging
fluscenario
#fluscenario
  • Online
  • Done in Private Study
  • Using familiar social media
  • Low input required from staff
  • Peer support
origins of fluscenario
Origins of #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 #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)
background early warning
Background/Early warning

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?

what happened
What happened?
  • 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
  • “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.”
slide21

“Whooping 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.”

next time
Next time?

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!

Next run will be November 2013

#fluscenario

@DundeePublicH

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