From Twitter to Tenure: SAEM 2014 Annual Meeting

At the 2014 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual meeting Michelle Lin (M_Lin), Nicholas Genes (@NickGenes), Robert Cooney (@EMEducation), and myself (@takeokun) give a didactic session entitled “Twitter to Tenure: Use of Social Media to Advance Your Academic Career”.

We discussed the relationship of social media and #FOAMed to scholarship, the traditional markers of academic scholarly activity in the setting of US Graduate Medical Education, and our experience in social media over the years.  Here is a recording of our lecture presentation and the questions from the audience.  The audio is limited due to some technical difficulties while traveling.

I would also pay attention to the discussion from Ed Panacek at about 57:24.  Ed has some very important things to say about social media and academic careers/advancement, Michelle may have also let a little surprise slip.

This video was in collaboration with:

Michelle Lin MD   @M_Lin

Nicholas Genes MD PhD   @NickGenes

Robert Cooney MD RDMS   @EMEducation

Hope you all enjoy.

Resident Education in Ultrasound Using Simulation and Social Media AIUM14

There was a session at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting focusing on education in Point of Care Ultrasound.  There were several speakers and I was asked to speak on resident education, particularly to focus on simulation and social media and how it fits with EM Resident ultrasound education.  This is a fairly large and broad area to cover in 15 minutes or less.

I chose to focus on how to simulation and social media can assist in education and deliberate practice to get learners to an “expert performance” level.  The information may not be new to people who are familiar with simulation or social media. My goal was to show how these things can be helpful from a conceptual and design view for education.  Also to provide information that you can use if you have to justify to others why social media or simulation is important to your educational program and why it should be supported.

This is a recording of the presentation, sorry the audio is not as clear but did not have the external microphone for the recording.

Twitter Use During Emergency Medicine Conferences

Originally Published: 2012-Apr-26

This research letter is published online ahead of print in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.  It reviews some of the Twitter statistics from the American College of Emergency Physicians 2010 Scientific Assembly and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine 2011 Annual meeting.

It also raises the idea of the metric of individual user, original tweets, and original tweet per individual user for evaluating Twitter volume during conferences.

The citation and a pre-production pdf version for those who do not have journal access is: Nomura JT, Genes N, Bollinger HR, Bollinger M, Reed JF 3rd. Twitter Use During Emergency Medicine Conferences. Am J Emerg Med. Epub ahead of print. PMID 22424992.

How Timed Tweets Can Distract From Your Message

Originally Posted on 2010-Sept-18 (An old post but with events in the news as they are it still remains relevant, unfortunately.)

There are several software options for people to use to interact with Twitter and manage their posts.  Some of the more popular interfaces allow you to create Tweets and have time flagged for a delayed or a timed post.  While this is beneficial to prevent bursts of Tweets that can dilute the impact of the individual Tweets it can also have unintended consequences.

Recently there was a shooting at the Johns Hopkins campus that made national news.  There was a rash of erroneous information that was sent out over the net.  To the credit of the Hospital system they did utilize their Twitter stream, @JohnsHopkins, to distribute information for the public and the Johns Hopkins community.

However, they also had some timed tweets that were sent out during the incident and distracted from the messages about the tragedy.  There was even some outcry from followers.

@JohnsHopkins did respond that this was due to timed Tweets that were continuing to fire as they were placed prior to the incident.

Judging by the time stamps there were several Tweets that “escaped” during the ongoing events that were of national interest.  This dilution of the impact of the tragedy Tweets could have been avoided by canceling the timed Tweets and focusing the message on the ongoing events.

The first thing to be done would have been to eliminate the timed Tweets once the shooting occurred and the decision was made to use Twitter to distribute information.  However, there could have been a problem depending on the software that was used to create the timed Tweets.

I suspect that timed Tweets were stopped once they realized what was going on as there is a long gap in the timeline.  Once again this is a new area that organizations are moving into and processes and methods need to be refined.  Errors like this can serve to modify how we all use Twitter and other Social Media venues, but only if we pay attention and learn from them.  I am sure @JohnsHopkins has learned this valuable lessons, as have I.