I’m always very excited when the new semester of the Social Media in Medicine university course launches at Semmelweis University. I’ll introduce medical students to the world of social media by showing them a lot of practical examples; as well as to the world full of technological advances they will face when they leave medical school.

9 weeks, 15 extended topics, two surveys, one exam, and a lot of Facebook challenges every single day.

This course is still unique worldwide and I created a digital format as well so not only medical students and professionals at Semmelweis University can acquire such digital skills. Feel free to use the #HCSMcourse hashtag when communicating about the course.

Here is the timeline:

February 20: Introduction to social media and medicine
February 27: Medical search engines and the Google story
March 6: Solutions for information pollution and Medical communities
March 20: The mysteries of medical blogging
March 27: Crowdsourcing on Twitter for medical purposes
April 10: The world of e-patients; The era of Youtube and mobile apps
April 24: Wikipedia: the power of masses; Collaboration online
May 8: Education 2.0; written test
May 15: The future of medicine and the internet; results of the surveys

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!
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.

During the summer, dozens of medical professionals and students worldwide completed The Social MEDia Course and now it is a huge pleasure to announce that both the presentations and the test questions have been updated!

Here you can read what a fresh graduate thought about completing the course.

I hope you will enjoy taking the lectures and the tests one by one and will help us learn together about the use of digital technologies to improve medicine and healthcare.

Updates are on the way!
January 21, 2013
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We are updating the system behind the course; the test questions' database, as well as the content of some of the presentations. We hope this won't lead to any downtime.

Thank you for your patience!