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 case and an initial 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 different questions are drawn from across the curriculum, drawing together multiple disciplines.
During the week discussions take place on Twitter, using the hashtag #quclms. Students, clinicians and patients outside UCL who use Twitter, can also join in. This opens up the discussion and extends 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 comment is also posted, giving a balanced and informed answer to the original question(s) posed. This expert comment is written in collaboration with the project team and the original question setter.
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 successful 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.
For more information on the use of #FOAMed (Free Open Access Medical Education) have a look at a recent presentation from a workshop run jointly by the teams behind #quclms and #fluscenario at AMEE 2013:.
We’re always looking for question setters so get involved with #quclms!