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EMED 123N: Does Social Media Make Better Physicians?

Social media icons on a mobile device. Christian Wiediger on Unsplash.

Meet the Instructor | General Education Requirement

Course Description

Scientific knowledge doubles every 90 days. Physicians must quickly learn about recent discoveries to remain current in their chosen specialties. How does tech help doctors stay up-to-date? TikTok, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook are all used to teach physicians and their patients. Online learning systems have replaced most textbooks, and social media platforms are now vehicles to efficiently disseminate new knowledge.

This seminar will explore the best ways to use technology in medical education, with a focus on the application of social media as a key instructional tool. Students will learn about the different stages of training required to become a physician and explore some of the challenges to medical education across the continuum from student to doctor.

Class assignments will include the creation of health education infographics, reading and drafting posts for medical blogs, and the design of medical podcasts. The course will be particularly interesting to pre-medical students who have a background in blogging or podcasting, though such experiences or skills are not prerequisites for enrollment.

The impact of digital scholarship will be emphasized throughout the seminar. Students will have the opportunity to submit high-quality classwork for possible online publication on several medical education blog sites made available by the course instructor. 

Class assignments require reliable access to personal computers and WiFi. Additionally, engagement in class discussions is mandatory. Therefore, students must be present and participate during class. There may be an optional field trip to a local tech company if COVID restrictions allow. A class meal is planned as a social activity.

Finally, students will have the opportunity to shadow Dr. Gisondi on an optional observation shift in the Stanford emergency department during the quarter.

Preview the syllabus for Summer Quarter here. (Stanford web auth required) 

General Education Requirement

Meet the Instructor

Dr Michael Gisondi

Dr Michael Gisondi

"I'm an emergency physician and medical education researcher who aims to improve patient care by understanding the best ways to train future physicians. I serve as the Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Emergency Medicine, providing administrative oversight to all of the educational programs sponsored by my department. I am the Principal of The Precision Education and Assessment Research Lab and a member of several education research teams.

"Teaching this IntroSems course is one of my favorite roles at Stanford and I look forward to the course each year. I enjoy using social media as a teaching tool, and I regularly contribute to several medical blogs including International Clinician Educators Blog and Academic Life in Emergency Medicine. I’m happy to help facilitate submissions to these and other popular medical blogs for students who create high-quality assignments in my course. My personal website–with a link to an archive of my scientific writingsis"

Learn more about Michael Gisondi