TITLE

Criteria for social media-based scholarship in health professions education

AUTHOR(S)
Sherbino, Jonathan; Arora, Vineet M.; Van Melle, Elaine; Rogers, Robert; Frank, Jason R.; Holmboe, Eric S.
PUB. DATE
October 2015
SOURCE
Postgraduate Medical Journal;Oct2015, Vol. 91 Issue 1080, p551
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
journal article
ABSTRACT
Background: Social media are increasingly used in health professions education. How can innovations and research that incorporate social media applications be adjudicated as scholarship?Objective: To define the criteria for social media-based scholarship in health professions education.Method: In 2014 the International Conference on Residency Education hosted a consensus conference of health professions educators with expertise in social media. An expert working group drafted consensus statements based on a literature review. Draft consensus statements were posted on an open interactive online platform 2 weeks prior to the conference. In-person and virtual (via Twitter) participants modified, added or deleted draft consensus statements in an iterative fashion during a facilitated 2 h session. Final consensus statements were unanimously endorsed.Results: A review of the literature demonstrated no existing criteria for social media-based scholarship. The consensus of 52 health professions educators from 20 organisations in four countries defined four key features of social media-based scholarship. It must (1) be original; (2) advance the field of health professions education by building on theory, research or best practice; (3) be archived and disseminated; and (4) provide the health professions education community with the ability to comment on and provide feedback in a transparent fashion that informs wider discussion.Conclusions: Not all social media activities meet the standard of education scholarship. This paper clarifies the criteria, championing social media-based scholarship as a legitimate academic activity in health professions education.
ACCESSION #
110245592

 

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