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Twitter, Facebook and robotic buttocks; the future of medical learning?

The 11th annual New Media Consortium Horizon Report gives us a Buzzfeed-esque list of six key trends that are accelerating the adoption of technology in higher education. I was particularly struck by the claim that the top 25 social media platforms worldwide share a massive 6.3billion accounts between them - it reminded me of another report I saw this week which stated that Facebook hosts around 10billion photos taking up one petabyte of storage - 1048576 gigabytes or 65,536 iPhones by my very approximate calculations...

Anyway, none of the trends in the report are related to medical education directly, though I think much of it is relevant - for example online learning and student-led research projects. 

How has technology changed the way you learn since you started studying? And how can you see it developing in future? 

Here's one example of how technology is changing the experience of medical learning. 

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  • Not quite the same (or as original!) as the robotic buttocks, but we have a 'SimMan' at HYMS which is a plastic model with pulses, airway sounds, a speaker in his mouth (so someone can go next door and speak through it, pretending to be the patient), and hooked up to various monitoring equipment. This is SO useful for practicing emergency scenarios. You can treat him and see how he improves (or deteriorates), as someone next door controls his ECG response etc. I have found it a very useful experience as it would be totally inappropriate to 'practice' these sort of things on real patients. I understand these sort of models are quite expensive, but I'm sure they'll have a growing role in the future of medical education.

    There are quite often interesting educational threads on Twitter. Similarly a couple of people I follow on Twitter often post links to interesting journal articles etc. I haven't really used Facebook for anything particularly educational, but I do often see a lot of newspaper articles 'shared' on there. So, I'd say I've definitely learned interesting things in medicine via Twitter - less so with Facebook.

  • In reply to Melody Grace Redman:

    That's interesting! I'm curious how many medical schools do something similar. And I am the same with social media - I get far more news from Twitter, but when I am checking Facebook I'm more interested in the social aspect so I don't tend to follow many news organizations there.