At the end of September, I had the opportunity to attend and present a poster at the 2013 Medicine 2.0 Conference. It was definitely a completely different kind of conference – instead of asking attendees to turn off their phones, we were encouraged to use them and discuss sessions through the Twitter hashtag, #med2. Our badges (see above) had QR codes that linked directly to our Med2.0 profiles and encouraged further discussion and collaboration even after the two-day event concluded. Another interesting aspect of the conference was being able to meet individuals in real life that I had interacted with only through social media sites.
All of this leads me to the main topic of this post: medical students and social media. While there isn’t a consensus on the percentage of medical students that use social media sites, I can confidently guess that at least 90% (if not closer to 100%) of medical students use at least one site. I must make a distinction at this point – although most of us use these sites, the number of us that use it for some sort of … view full post »