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Feedback in Medical Education – #ukmeded Twitter chat 14-2-2013

No matter what we do or where we work we get feedback on our actions and behaviour. In (medical) education the feedback can make the difference between a successful career and failure to achieve our goals.

So this week we will share thoughts about feedback.  What works well. What does not work well. And how we learn the difference.

How feedback can be improved

I found three helpful links. One above from University of Edinburgh.  The second is a slideshow from University of Texas Paediatric department on Feedback and evaluation in medicine delivered in 2012. 2012-03-02 Providing and Receiving Feedback in Medicine (Glen Medellin, MD, Jean Petershack, MD)

The third is from JAMA in 1983 Feedback in Clinical Medicine

David Lewis

GP  Hertfordshire UK

Feb 2013


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Twitter Inclusivity – A Case For Separate MedEd Hashtags

One of the wonders of Twitter is it’s inclusivity. In medicine for example, you might find a medical student from the UK asking questions to a surgeon in Australia, twitter allows debate across international boundaries and without the restriction of hierarchy, which is often present in real-life. For me this is what twitter is about, connecting people and providing a forum for the exchange of ideas on a global scale.

Why then am I proposing that the medical education hashtag (#MedEd) be divided up by location, will this not exclude a potentially wide range of people and ideas?

I suggest that we adopt location based hashtags such as #MedEdUK or #MedEdEU and #MedEdUS. This would allow more focussed and relevant discussion to occur. Take for example the recent UK/EU #MedEd chat on clinical placements, the participants of which were almost all European. There was confusion with discussion of a different topic in the US, the next morning I searched for #MedEd only to discover hundreds of tweets on a topic that had been discussed overnight, largely by a US audience. Early, accurate
archiving could be one solution to this but it becomes very difficult to separate tweets from different discussions, particularly when there are increasing numbers of participants. Not only would separate hashtags make discussions easier to follow in real-time but it would make archiving much easier and more useful.

I would argue that there is a significant difference between how medical education is delivered in different countries, and that the sharing of these ideas, whilst interesting, is not realistically useful when considering local practice. Where there is a topic that is potentially relevant to all, we could go back to the all-inclusive #MedEd or even #MedEdGlobal.

What about using two hashtags per post? Another possible solution but with an already restricted number of characters, it would limit discussion even more.

Whilst separate hashtags might mean losing some of the inclusivity that twitter provides, it would make discussions much clearer, easier to follow, more focused and potentially more useful.



2nd June #meded chat transcript

Last night saw the first medical education twitter chats running under the #meded twitter hashtag.   Anne Marie Cunningham gives some helpful background to the first meded twitter chat over on her blog Wishful thinking in medical education.

Here’s the transcript of the first of the meded chats which ran between 21.00 and 22.00 hrs BST.  We weren’t sure how much interest there would be and we thought given the time we would largely attract tweeters from Europe.  In the event we had a great turn out for the first chat and whilst there was a large UK contingent we also had the Netherlands and Spain represented and a fair number from the US.  It was also great to see a good number of medical students engaging in the chat and expressing their views on lectures.

The main themes running through the chat session were

  • the use of Twitter in lectures for asking questions
  • do many students use laptops in lectures for note taking
  • do students use the discussion boards in Blackboard
  • what makes a good lecture.
The US and Canada had another meded chat at 02.00hrs BST, when us Europeans were tucked in bed.  Our colleagues across the Atlantic also had an interesting discussion and you catch up with their tweets in this googledoc.
There will be another meded chat on Twitter next Thursday at 21.00 hrs BST (20.00 GMT).  If you have suggestions of topics for future chats do leave a comment.  Look forward to chatting next week!

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