This is the world’s first university credit course that focuses on medicine and web 2.0 for medical, dentistry, pharmacy and public health students. It was launched in 2008. It runs at the University of Debrecen, Medical School and Health Science Center and the first semester (between September and December) is always in Hungarian, while the second one (between February and May) is always in English.
The founder, Bertalan Meskó,MD graduated from the University of Debrecen, Medical School and Health Science Center in 2009 and started PhD in the field of personalized genomics.
He is the founder of Webicina.com, the first medical web 2.0 guidance service and thinks medical education and communication between physicians and patients will be revolutionized with the tools and services of web 2.0.
He is a medical blogger, a microblogger, a manager of medical projects in Wikipedia and an organizer of scientific events in Second Life. He was included in the Healthspottr Future Health 100 List.
He thinks medical professionals of the 21st century have to be ready to meet the expectations of e-patients and believes e-patients will change the way medicine is practised and healthcare is delivered.
September, 2008: I launched the first university course that focuses on web 2.0 and medicine for medical students. Almost 50 students attended the 20 slideshows through 10 weeks and they filled a survey out before and after the course.
April, 2009: The second semester is over. This time, I did the course in English. Find out more about the structure of the course here.
September, 2009: The third semester will be launched and will be a mandatory course in a few departments at my university. The 5-year aim is that medical students who graduate from the medical school here finish the Medicine 2.0 course.
As far as I know, this course is still the only course that focuses on web 2.0 and medicine for medical students globally. I hope I can improve it even more so then students can get a clear picture about how they could use web 2.0 tools in their future practices.