Social Media Use in Medical and Health Professional Education: Role of the Librarian on a Faculty Steering Committee
Is part ofJCHLA / JABSC ; 36
Publisher(s)Canadian Health Libraries Association / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada
- Université de Montréal. Direction des bibliothèques
Objective: An interprofessional steering committee was created at Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Medicine to examine how social media are integrated in medical and health professional education in universities across the globe, and to propose a strategic plan for integrating social media in the Faculty’s various curricula. This presentation will summarize the steering committee’s work and describe the librarian’s contribution. Methods: The Committee’s project leader first conducted a literature search on best practices of social media in medical and health professional curricula. A reference website was then created (mse.med.umontreal.ca) to provide easy access to a large number of the articles and resources reviewed. A steering committee was constituted and 11 meetings were held over a 9-month period. The Committee comprised 18 members and included assistant deans, academic program directors, professors, communication advisors, undergraduate and graduate students and a librarian. An online survey on social media use by students and professors of the Faculty was conducted, ten pilot projects were put forward and a three-year strategic plan was proposed. Results: A total of 1508 students and 565 professors participated in the survey. Results showed that both groups had a strong interest in learning how social media could be integrated in academic and professional activities. Participants reported concern with risks associated with social media use and expressed the need for a Faculty policy and guidelines. The librarian’s contribution to the steering committee included: writing posts on the website’s internal blog, assisting in the design of the survey questionnaires and writing the final report’s survey results chapter. She also proposed two pilot projects: creating a social media learning portal and an altmetrics workshop. Conclusions: Based on the literature review and the survey results, the Committee affirmed the importance of integrating social media in the various study programs of the Faculty of Medicine. Despite the restricted timeline, this interprofessional steering committee was able to carry out its mandate because of the leadership and expertise of each of its members. As the librarian had the most experience with the use of social media in a professional context, her knowledge was instrumental in assisting the project leader in a group mainly composed of social media non-users.
Clairoux, Natalie et Weiss-Lambrou, Rhoda. Social Media Use in Medical and Health Professional Education: Role of the Librarian on a Faculty Steering Committee. Dans: Canadian Health Libraries Association 2015 Conference, 19-22 June 2015 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Contributed papers / Association des bibliothèques de la santé du Canada Congrès 2015, 19 au 22 juin 2015 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada : Communications libres. Journal of the Canadian Health Libraries Association, 2015, 36: 69-80, 10.5596/c15-016