Twitter: Opportunity or Threat in Medical Education?

CM Hennessy¹

¹ Department of Anatomy, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex, Brighton.

Twitter is now a widely used social media platform at medical education conferences and medical educators are increasingly using it as an innovative teaching tool. Positive student feedback from these initiatives has included: ease of communication with educators/colleagues, building networks of supports and learning engagement. Students also appreciate the chance to start using social media in a more professional manner. Naturally students can be hesitant to expose themselves and their social media presence to a new educational/professional audience, for fear that they might breach professionalism guidelines. Medical educators, particularly those involved in early training of medical students are well placed to incorporate more educational use of social media platforms, such as Twitter, into daily practice as a means of professional development of medical students.