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LK 130
Dear program directors, get your program a Twitter account!
LK 130
Dear program directors, get your program a Twitter account!
Academic Fellow, Stanford University
Many educational communities have appeared on Twitter such as #meded which is a hashtag dedicated to topics of interest within medical educational, but these hashtags tend to be broad and unfocused. Last... Read more

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Many educational communities have appeared on Twitter such as #meded which is a hashtag dedicated to topics of interest within medical educational, but these hashtags tend to be broad and unfocused. Last summer a unique hashtag was launched called #EMConf which had a different goal than the traditional educational hashtag. This hashtag was created primarily as a way to collect educational pearls from learning didactics that are required by ACGME for all residency programs. Originally started as experiment, this has now become integral for residents across the country to expand their learning opportunities. This hashtag has also given access to amazing grand rounds speakers which in the past would have been limited to only those physically present.

This experiment was best seen during 9/11 which happened to fall on a Wednesday. The educational content delivered in New York EM programs centered around the EMS and FDNY response to 9/11 and the disaster management. Content in Boston centered around the medical response to the Boston Marathon Bombing. And educational content in San Francisco centered around the disaster management response after the Asiana plane crash. What this shows that education is similar but each department has unique contributions. The future will show that #EMConf will become a community; learners in Las Vegas benefit from the grand rounds speaker that was invited to talk to the Boston program; and the future will show that wilderness medicine learning pearls taught in California will benefit programs in urban areas such as New York City.

The creation of the community has not been easy however. Blog posts have been written to encourage program directors and hospital administrators to be open to the idea of engagement with social media. However at this point there are over 60 programs that have joined in the conversation which is mapped out on Academiclifeinem.com. And #EMConf has lead to similar ideas of the launching of #IMConf for internal medicine residencies. The future is unlimited and the goal is to have global expansion which is already seen especially in Canada. Medical education is valuable and the hope is to be able to document the best through twitter which can then be shared with any and all learners.

Mike Cadogan, EM physician from Australia described is best of why to join #EMConf: "To Connect, Engage, Inform, Reflect, Share, Challenge, Support, Lead, Learn, Inspire."

Nikita Joshi graduated from medical school at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL and finished her Emergency Medicine training at SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn NYC.

Always one to explore the next exciting opportunity, Nikita was able to start working with Dr. Michelle Lin from UCSF in November 2012 as blog contributor to AcademicLifeinEM.com and continued on to becoming blog editor. Initially she focused on blog posts related to medical education and simulation, but gradually expanded to sections such as Book Club with the purpose of exposing clinicians to great books that are not necessarily clinically relevant, but relevant to becoming a great physician and member of society such as The Secret Life of Henrietta Lacks and Five Days at Memorial.

Through many brainstorming sessions with others involved with AcademicLifeinEM.com, the team realized the next area of interest is in the use of chat programs such as GoogleHangout to revolutionize the standard concept of how education is given in small and large group settings. The group has explored using GoogleHangout for book club discussions and journal club with prominent people such as author Dr. Sheri Fink and Dr. Ian Stiell. Their ultimate goal is to change the concept that education has to be delivered in real time live, and break financial, geographic, and time barriers in the process.

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