2011 Autumn Semester Week 1: Social Media and Medicine

October 1, 2011

The new semester just launched with 140 registered students. Here are the core points of my presentations as well as useful videos and links. In the first week’s lecture, the aim was to give a detailed introduction of web 2.0/social media and to highlight potential applications and solutions in medicine and healthcare through a Prezi.com slideshow.

  • This is still the first and only university accredited course about web 2.0 and medicine for medical, dentistry, pharmacy and public health students.
  • Results from last semester’s surveys which will soon be published in a medical journal.
  • Highlighting the blog of the course and the Facebook page as well where we can interact.
  • Positive examples of web 2.0 such as the story of Dave Carroll or the Friendfeed story and:
  • Social media statistics
  • Dangers: E-patients – google patients; privacy on social networking sites; mistakes in doctor-patient communication
  • Potential solutions: Webicina.com; evidence-based medicine in social media (JMIR)
  • I described what web 2.0 or social media means.
  • As first examples, I talked about Jay Parkinson and Tamás Horváth.
  • The core points of the lectures of the next 9 weeks (blogging, Twitter, RSS, Wikipedia, social networking, e-patients, Second Life, practicing online, collaboration, podcasts, new media, education 2.0, Google, semantic search, future of web 2.0)
  • Future: semantic web, mobilhealth, wireless apps, e-patients (Quantified Self), personalization, geotagging and rational web usage
  • The rest of the slideshow was based on what I have recently presented in The Netherlands.

A similar presentation of mine at Doctors 2.0 and You in Paris (June, 2011):

A presentation at REshape in Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2009):

Next week’s topic: Medical search engines and the Google story.

Internet in Medicine University Course: A New Semester

September 25, 2011

It’s a real pleasure to announce that the new semester of the Internet in Medicine course which I just presented at the Stanford Summit 2011 will launch this Wednesday (28th of September)  with 140 registered students. In the first week’s lecture, I’ll give a detailed introduction to web 2.0/social media and highlight potential applications and solutions in medicine and healthcare through a Prezi.com slideshow.

  • Time: 28th of September, 17:00
  • Location: Lecture Hall of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Debrecen

The materials and some of the slideshows will be posted on Med20course.com throughout the whole semester. I’m very excited about that and also about the changes I made to the course structure based on the feedback I received from last semester’s students.

We will go through the basics of social media, medical blogging, microblogging, RSS, virtual worlds and many more relevant topics.

Read more about last semesters’ lectures

2011 Spring Semester Week 5: Wikipedias and Medical Wikis

April 24, 2011

The 4th week was focusing on Medical wikis and Wikipedia.

First slideshow on medical wikis.

Take-home message:

If you want to share and create content online, a wiki is a great tool to use.

I’ve been a Wikipedia administrator since 2006 so this topic is really close to my heart. Second slideshow is dedicated to Wikipedia issues.

  • Facebook + Google + Flickr (=) Wikipedia
  • How to build an encyclopedia? Pay professionals? Certainly not.
  • I believe in the power of masses.
  • Wikipedia statistics, history (Larry Sanger, Jimmy Wales)
  • 10 most visited websites in the world: Wikipedia is the 7th one.
  • Why is Wikipedia great? (Free, fast, comprehensive, discussions, easy to edit, objective, etc)
  • Why it isn’t great. (Almost the same reasons)
  • Vandalism and how we fight it: Huggle
  • Basics of editing an article; page history, talk pages
  • A Wikipedia article minute by minute:

Take-home message:

Wikipedia is a great place to start your research, but should never be the last source you finish your research with.

Third slideshow: Collaboration Online

  • Collaboration so far: mails, e-mails, etc.
  • Now: docs.google.com (how to edit, open, save, publish, etc)
  • Zoho.com
  • What kind of offline tools we have to substitute online?
  • Table = wiki
  • White board = Twitter
  • Notes = Google Docs
  • Talk = Skype
  • And many more: Google Groups, blogs, Friedfeed rooms, Ning.com, Flickr.com…
  • Sharing examples: writing manuscripts with Google Docs; finding collaborators on Friendfeed.com, etc.

Take-home message: There are no boundaries of collaboration any more.

2011 Spring Semester Week 4: E-patients and Medical Communities

April 10, 2011

First slideshow: The world of e-patients

  • Who is a good patient? (referring to I am a good patient, believe it or not; Alejandro R Jadad, Carlos A Rizo, Murray W Enkin; BMJ  2003;326:1293-1295 (14 June), doi:10.1136/bmj.326.7402.1293 )
  • Types of patients: the powerful other; external controller, internal controller or google patient or brainsucker or googlers
  • An e-patient is equipped, enabled, empowered, engaged, equal and expert.
  • Examples (several stories) including maartensjourney.com, Kerri and many more including Jen:

Many thanks to e-Patient Dave deBronkart who also had his voice heard:

Other videos from e-patients:

  • Statistics about how patients use the web (source is Pew Internet Project Survey)
  • How to help e-patients as doctors (don’t use jargons, be patient, show credible sites focusing on medically reliable information)
  • How to judge the quality of a medical website, step-by-step. Using Webicina, HONcode, HBCE.

Take-home message:

Physicians of the 21st century must be qualified to meet the expectations of e-patients. They’re the new generation of patients.

Second slideshow: Doctors in social media

  • What is social media?
  • Traditional vs social media (pros and cons)
  • I have an opinion and post it online, but others have their own opinions as well
  • It becomes hard to find information and we need places/sites where information is collected and selected by other experts and collegues.
  • How to find a collegue or get answer for a medical question? By using telephone, Google or Facebook? Certainly not…
  • We need medical community sites
  • Examples: Tiromed.com, Sermo.com, Nature Network and many more.
  • Microblogging (Twitter and Friendfeed)
  • Advantages of medical communities, disadvantages
  • Privacy issues: can you communicate with patients online?
  • Facebook stats and optimal privacy settings for doctors in Facebook
  • General principle: Same rules apply for social media as for real life. If there are things you would never do offline, please do not do that online neither!

Take-home message:

Without properly designed strategy, don’t even think about using social media in your practice.

2011 Spring Semester Week 3: RSS and Twitter

April 10, 2011

The third week is dedicated to RSS and microblogging. In the first slideshow, I described what RSS is, how to use trend trackers and which tools can help you follow the medical literature easily.

  • How to read RSS (browser -example=Firefox; Google Reader; desktop-based readers – Feeddemon).
  • An example, a real tutorial about how to follow the latest articles published on NEJM. Step by step.
  • Best friend of docs? Of course, Pubmed. How to follow Pubmed updates easily.
  • What to do when a site doesn’t have RSS feed.
  • Biowizard.com and other 3rd party Pubmed tools

A step-by-step guide on Webicina.com about how to keep yourself up-to-date easily.

Take-home message:

Let the information come to you and follow your field of interest easily.

Second slideshow focused on microblogging:

  • Definition of Twitter, post, reply, direct message, tweeple, twitterview, etc.

Take-home message:

Twitter is the fastest channel of communication these days, but only use it if you have a well designed strategy.

2011 Spring Semester Week 2: Medical Blogging

April 10, 2011

The second week of the newest semester was dedicated to medical blogging. Here is the summary of my presentations.

In the second slideshow, I described how to start a new blog step-by-step.

  • You need to answer 3 questions first before starting a blog:
  • What kind of blogger will I be? (there are 7 types)
  • Where should I blog? WordPress.com, Blogger.com, Typepad.com, etc.
  • How should I blog?
  • My “3 blogging rule” described what you need to become a good blogger: commitment, consistency and openness
  • Shared many examples about how to build a successful medical blog.

Take-home message:

A medical blog can be a perfect channel to make new contacts, find new opportunities and share your ideas with the world.

The 2 slideshows are described in details on Webicina.com’s e-guide:

See you next week when we will talk about Twitter in Medicine and also how to keep yourself up-to-date with RSS.

2011 Spring Semester Week 1: Web 2.0 and Medicine

March 10, 2011

The new semester just launched with 130 registered students. Here are the core points of my presentations as well as useful videos and links. In the first week’s lecture, the aim was to give a detailed introduction of web 2.0/social media and to highlight potential applications and solutions in medicine and healthcare through a Prezi.com slideshow.

  • This is still the first and only university accredited course about web 2.0 and medicine for medical, dentistry, pharmacy and public health students.
  • Results from last semester’s surveys which will soon be published in a medical journal.
  • Highlighting the blog of the course and the Facebook page as well where we can interact.
  • Positive examples of web 2.0 such as the story of Dave Carroll or the Friendfeed story and:
  • Social media statistics
  • Dangers: E-patients – google patients; privacy on social networking sites; mistakes in doctor-patient communication
  • Potential solutions: Webicina.com; Hon.ch, evidence-based medicine in social media (JMIR)
  • I described what web 2.0 or social media means.
  • As first examples, I talked about Jay Parkinson and Tamás Horváth.
  • The core points of the lectures of the next 9 weeks (blogging, Twitter, RSS, Wikipedia, social networking, e-patients, Second Life, practicing online, collaboration, podcasts, new media, education 2.0, Google, semantic search, future of web 2.0)
  • Future: semantic web, mobilhealth, wireless apps, e-patients (Quantified Self), personalization, geotagging and rational web usage
  • The rest of the slideshow was based on what I have recently presented in The Netherlands.

Next week’s topic: Medical blogging, from the first comment to blog carnivals

Internet in Medicine University Course: A New Semester

March 2, 2011

It’s a real pleasure to announce that the new semester of the Internet in Medicine course which I will present at the Stanford Summit 2011 will be launched this Thursday with 140 registered students. In the first week’s lecture, the aim is to give a detailed introduction to web 2.0/social media and to highlight potential applications and solutions in medicine and healthcare through a Prezi.com slideshow.

This semester is in English and I plan to come up with assessments/tasks as well for the students, of course, through social media.

  • Time: 3rd of March, 17:00
  • Location: Lecture Hall of the Department of Pathology, University of Debrecen

The materials and some of the slideshows will be posted on Med20course.com throughout the whole semester.

Read more about last semesters’ lectures

2010 Autumn Semester: Over

December 20, 2010

I believe that this is still the first and only university accredited course in the world that focuses on social media and medicine for medical, dentistry, pharmacy and public health students. This semester is just over after 10 weeks, 20 slideshows and hundreds of questions from the students. They also filled in surveys before and after the course. I plan to publish the results in a peer-reviewed journal early next year.

Thank you for the participation and the comments, questions, I hope you (both in the course and through the blog) enjoyed the lectures.

See you next February when the new semester will be launched.

Lectures this semester:

2010 Autumn Semester Week 10: The Future of Web

December 11, 2010

This is the last week of this semester.

First part of the Prezi.com slideshow: Life after web 2.0

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Take-home message: The story is just about to begin…

Second part of the slideshow: Summary of the last 10 weeks

  • 10 weeks – 20 slideshows
  • 2 slideshows each week
  • 2 major questions in each slideshow
  • Examples for all the tools and sites we have talked about. Many many examples.
  • This is the first university credit course of its kind in the world.

Take-home message: I hope I could help you on your way towards web 2.0…

Third part of the slideshow: Survey results

  • Students filled in a survey before and after the course.
  • Now I analyzed the results which we will publish in a peer-reviewed journal soon.

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