It has been a great year for The Social MEDia Course as we got featured at FutureMed, started using our own Twitter hashtag #HCSMcourse, over 3000 users took the tests on the website, and over 100 "students" got their certificate after completing the whole course!

Finally here are 5 tips how we can revolutionize Medical Education as our mission is still to give everyone a chance worldwide to acquire skills related to digital literacy in medicine.

Please feel free to use the #HCSMcourse hashtag and let's revolutionize medical education together!
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Our mission is to revolutionize medical education by giving everyone a chance worldwide to acquire skills related to digital literacy. Here are 5 things you can do now:

1) Check the presentations of the 16 topics covered in this course and leave your comments under them.

2) Test your knowledge and receive all the badges by completing the course.

3) Create even more challenging questions for others!

4) Crowdsource any challenges or problems you face while using social media for medical purposes.

5) Finish all tests in order to become an ultimate expert and receive your certification!

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The semester at Semmelweis Medical School is almost over, the Facebook competition found a winner and students had a written test, but some of them could skip that by completing the Social MEDia Course.

While the semester is over (the next one launches in February), The Social MEDia Course goes on, we are updating the content and adding new, more challenging questions, therefore feel free to do the tests and share the course with your friends.

An iconic moment of the semester was the presentation of E-Patient Dave.

My mission is to bring digital knowledge to medical students therefore preparing them for the world full of digital technologies that is coming. This is why I launched the world's first university course focusing on social media and mobile health for medical students in 2008. Here are a few ways how I try to teach them:

  • There is a real credit course at Semmelweis Medical School where I have courses in English and in Hungarian. I try to teach them digital literacy through spectacular and engaging presentations.
  • They can answer questions about the topics covered in the lectures on Facebook to gather bonus points for the exam.
  • There is an e-learning platform so then any medical student or professional worldwide can access the materials and take the tests for the certification.
  • Students get credits for creating medical blogs, Twitter profiles or Wikipedia entries.

As you can see, following the "If you want to teach me, you first have to reach me" approach, I do everything I can to get the message across: every medical professional will be affected by online medical communication.

The Social MEDia Course

This is why I was very glad when Symplur contacted me about a potential collaboration. Let's create a new hashtag #HCSMcourse referring to the widely used healthcare social media (#HCSM) hashtag. This new hashtag would focus on two goals:

  1. To collect all materials, concepts and ideas about teaching social media in medical education.
  2. To give students a chance to belong to a global community even after graduating from medical school.

As Twitter is my main communication channel these days, I cannot wait to exploit this idea in even more details.

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David F. Carr at InformationWeek asked me for an interview and he had great questions about my social media activities as a doctor, the book I wrote, my new position as a medical futurist and the course I teach at the medical school and online.

Here is the interview, Medicine Must Get Social, and an excerpt:

That's what Bertalan Mesko aims to do with The Social MEDia Course, a series of online tutorials, as well as his book Social Media in Clinical Practice, published in August. As he argues in the book, "The only way to fight against pseudoscience and medical quackery is to take control of publishing medical information on the Web." Doctors need to be on social media to develop and protect their own reputations, as well as to understand the resources available and how they can be used or misused, he says. His book catalogs many types of social media and gives specific advice, such as a recommendation to turn down patient "friend" requests on Facebook unless that social profile is used solely for professional rather than personal interaction.