All clinicians and educators understand that the internet has changed the way that we work and live. In the last decade the way that we interact with the internet and with others through the internet, social media and other web enabled communications has shaped almost every part of the society we live in. Medical education is no exception to this; trainees and trainers are increasingly interacting with social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook together with websites containing blogs and podcasts as principle sources of information. As educators we must understand how to optimally and safely guide trainers and trainees to use these tools wisely.
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Medical education needs to understand how online learning can support trainee and trainer development. There are numerous opportunities to enhance current strategies in education through online learning. All educators should be aware of the influence of online learning amongst trainers and trainees.
Good luck with using these technologies in your education. We hope there’s plenty of content on St Emlyn’s to help!