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Recommendations from the Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Social Media Committee on the Role of Social Media in Residency Education and Strategies on Implementation

  • Author(s): Pearson, David
  • Cooney, Robert
  • Bond, Michael C.
  • Nomura, Jason T
  • Hayes, Alisa
  • Rosh, Adam
  • Husain, Abbas
  • Garg, Manish
  • Larrabee, Hollynn
  • Cabrera, Daniel
  • Inboriboon, Pholaphat Charles
  • Huecker, Martin
  • Kanter, Marc
  • Joshi, Nikita
  • Pillow, Tyson
  • Swaminathan, Anand
  • Nouhan, Patricia
  • Velez, Larissa
  • Krzyzaniak, Sarah
  • Khadpe, Jay
  • Kegg, Jason
  • Ahn, Jason
  • et al.

Social media (SM) is a form of electronic communication through which users create online communities and interactive platforms to exchange information, ideas, messages, podcasts, videos, and other user-generated content. Emergency medicine (EM) has embraced the healthcare applications of SM at a rapid pace and continues to explore the potential benefit for education. Free Open Access Meducation has emerged from the ever-expanding collection of SM interactions and now represents a virtual platform for sharing educational media. This guidance document constitutes an expert consensus opinion for best practices in the use of SM in EM residency education. The goals are the following: 1) Recommend adoption of SM as a valuable graduate medical education (GME) tool, 2) Provide advocacy and support for SM as a GME tool, and 3) Recommend best practices of educational deliverables using SM. These guidelines are intended for EM educators and residency programs for the development and use of a program-specific SM presence for residency education, taking into account appropriate SM stewardship that adheres to institution-specific guidelines, content management, Accreditation Council for GME milestone requirements, and integration of SM in EM residency curriculum to enhance the learner’s experience. Additionally, potential obstacles to the uptake of SM as an educational modality are discussed with proposed solutions.

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