Using Social Media as an Educational Tool

Presented by Katherine Chretien, MD and Kirsten Brown, PhD, MA on September 20, 2018 at 12:00 pm

Social media, collaborative web-based communication tools, can be used to engage learners and deliver educational content in novel ways. In this webinar, we present examples of social media use in health professions education as a springboard to explore the opportunities and challenges involved in designing and implementing social media educational innovations. Attention will be paid to supporting educational theory, issues of privacy, moderation, and outcome measures.

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Presenter Bios

Dr. Katherine Chretien is assistant dean for student affairs and professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and hospitalist physician at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. She is President-Elect of Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine and on the executive leadership board of the Northeast Group on Student Affairs. Dr. Chretien is editor of the book “Mothers in Medicine: Career, Practice and Life Lessons Learned” (Springer, 2018) that is based on the group blog that she founded in 2008. Dr. Chretien’s area of research focus has been on social media use in medicine and has given numerous national workshops and invited talks on this topic.

Dr. Chretien graduated from Brown University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is the recipient of the Charles H. Griffith III Educational Research Award from CDIM and the Women Leaders in Medicine Award from the American Medical Student Association. Twitter: @motherinmed.

Dr. Kirsten Brown (@DrKirtyBrown) is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy & Regenerative Biology and has been a faculty member since 2011. She received her PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2011, and her MEd from the George Washington University in 2018. Kirsten is the Director of Gross Anatomy, overseeing all of the anatomy-related educational programs for various student populations at the medical school. She teaches in the anatomical sciences, including human gross anatomy and neuroanatomy. Kirsten is medical education researcher and collaborates on numerous projects that involve analyzing student performance and learning in the anatomical sciences. She has published on a variety of anatomy education-focused topics, including several meta-analyses on anatomy pedagogies and on anatomy knowledge retention. Kirsten is a strong advocate for using social media to promoting one’s academic brand and engage with students. She recently gave a webinar, A Primer for Maximizing your Professional and Academic Footprint by Utilizing Social Media, for the American Association of Anatomists (AAA). She also serves as one of the Twitter correspondents for the AAA annual meetings. Her current research interest include the efficacy of social media-based instructional approaches (e.g., Instagram) in medical gross anatomy. Kirsten’s passion for medical education have not gone unnoticed by peers, colleagues, and students, as she is the past recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award and two Golden Apple Teaching Awards.