We have measured how effectively such a curriculum of social media, mobile health and disruptive technologies can get them ready for what is coming next. The structure of the course was just featured by the blog of the Stanford Medical School.

The study, Digital Literacy in the Medical Curriculum: A Course With Social Media Tools and Gamification, is available in JMIR Medical Education.

Here is an excerpt from the abstract:

Conclusions: A well-designed course, improved by constant evaluation-based feedback, can be suitable for preparing students for the massive use of the Internet, social media platforms, and digital technologies. New approaches must be applied in modern medical education in order to teach students new skills. Such curriculums that put emphasis on reaching students on the online channels they use in their studies and everyday lives introduce them to the world of empowered patients and prepare them to deal with the digital world.

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