The Social Media Revolution in Nephrology Education

Gates B. Colbert, Joel Topf, Kenar D. Jhaveri, Tom Oates, Michelle N Rheault, Silvi Shah, Swapnil Hiremath, Matthew A. Sparks

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The past decade has been marked by the increasing use of social media platforms, often on mobile devices. In the nephrology community, this has resulted in the organic and continued growth of individuals interested in using these platforms for education and professional development. Here, we review several social media educational resources used in nephrology education and tools including Twitter, videos, blogs, and visual abstracts. We will also review how these tools are used together in the form of games (NephMadness), online journal clubs (NephJC), interactive learning (GlomCon), and digital mentorship (Nephrology Social Media Collective [NSMC] Internship) to build unique educational experiences that are available globally 24 hours per day. Throughout this discussion, we focus on specific examples of free open-access medical education (FOAMed) tools that provide education and professional growth at minimal or no cost to the user. In addition, we discuss inclusion of FOAMed resource development in the promotion and tenure process, along with potential pitfalls and future directions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)519-529
Number of pages11
JournalKidney International Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2018

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© 2018 International Society of Nephrology

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  • Twitter
  • education
  • graphical abstract
  • nephrology
  • social media

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