A Twitter-based educational intervention to encourage discussion and debate; use and critique of evidence; self-directed and peer-led learning in UCL Undergraduate Medical Students.
A framework is provided by UCL Medical School staff – including clinicians, scientists, ethicists, and educators. At the start of the week a question is posed on this website http://www.quclms.com and as a tweet: a question without a straightforward right or wrong answer. Each week/fortnight different questions are drawn from across the curriculum, drawing together multiple disciplines.
During the week/fortnight discussions take place on Twitter, using the hashtag #quclms. We envisage students, clinicians and patients outside UCL who use Twitter, will join in. This will open up the discussion and extend the reach of the medical school, encouraging collaboration and team-working amongst students and healthcare professionals. At the end of each week the Twitter discussions are curated and a link posted on this site, in addition to a collection of links and resources relevant to the discussions ie guidelines from the GMC, Royal Colleges, academic papers and online resources. An expert summary is also posted, giving a balanced and informed answer to the original question posed. This expert comment is written in collaboration with the project team and the original question settter.
Example questions might include:
- what is the most appropriate fluid regime in sepsis?
- should all men >65 be screened with PSA?
- is it professional for doctors to be anonymous on social media?
- should all patients with suspected appendicitis undergo abdominal CT?
Case of the Month is a highly succcessful programme of interactive cases completed by final year medical students, hosted on Moodle, UCL’s virtual learning environment. An area which has had less uptake than hoped for is the forum area. By using social media, we hope to facilitate discussion and peer-led learning. We particularly hope to encourage students to seek out and critique evidence using online resources: enhancing their digital literacy and critical thinking skills and sharing these techniques with us and their peers.
Getting involved is easy and does not require you to be familiar with Twitter or have a Twitter account, although we hope to convert some of you to the potential benefits of these tools. There is great interest in doctors’ use of social media, with supplementary guidance produced to Good Medical Practice 2013 from the GMC on this very subject.
If you’re not sure about why a doctor or teacher may want to tweet, have a look at Final Year Student Karan Bhatt‘s guide to Twitter, and Dr Anne Marie Cunningham‘s slidecast with audio track “what you need to know about Twitter.”
- 5.30pm Welcome: social learning theory, twitter and #quclms. Laura-Jane Smith, Clinical Teaching Fellow
- 5.40pm What are OERs (Open Educational Resources)? E-learning environments, UCL
- 5.50pm A student perspective: social media and learning. Rumana Lasker and Taufiq Dawood, Final Year Medical Students
- 6pm drinks, nibbles, and discussion
If you didn’t make it to the launch event have a look at the newsletter article, and the slides from LJ’s and Domi’s presentations. You may also be interested in the upcoming Medical School Seminar by Dr Scott Rice “Practicing professionalism in an age of digital social networking.”
Please email to register your interest in being a question setter and expert, and we can send you further details, including a structured question-submission sheet to put your question into the style we use for #quclms.
Get in touch
If you are a junior doctor your input is extremely valuable. You just need to find a friendly Consultant who will help provide the ‘expert comment’ at the end of the week. Please get in touch so that we can provide you with an example format and a structured form to complete so that you can be part of the first term of #quclms.