Following on from the amazing twitterfest at the International Conference of Emergency Medicine in Dublin I think there will be many emergency physicians updating, revising and expanding their online presence.

There is no doubt that social media can have a positive effect in medical education and research and I think that I may have been lucky enough to be present at the start of something big…..or maybe it’s always been there but I’ve never realised it before.

So, what can we do in Manchester?

Ideas are overflowing after meeting such fantastic people in Dublin, but rather than create something entirely new the way forward will be to find a way to distribute the incredible learning that takes place behind closed doors at StEmlyns (1,2), and of course to find ways of disseminating the evidence from BestBets out to a wider audience.

Time for some distributed thinking.


1. http://classroom.stemlyns.org.uk
2. http://www.bestbets.org
3. http://www.stemlyns.org

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Posted by Simon Carley

Professor Simon Carley MB ChB, PGDip, DipIMC (RCS Ed), FRCS (Ed)(1998), FHEA, FAcadMed, FRCEM, MPhil, MD, PhD is Creator, Webmaster, owner and Editor in Chief of the St Emlyn’s blog and podcast. He is Professor of Emergency Medicine at Manchester Metropolitan University and a Consultant in adult and paediatric Emergency Medicine at Manchester Foundation Trust. He is co-founder of BestBets, St.Emlyns and the MSc in emergency medicine at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an Education Associate with the General Medical Council and is an Associate Editor for the Emergency Medicine Journal. His research interests include diagnostics, MedEd, Major incidents & Evidence based Emergency Medicine. He is verified on twitter as @EMManchester

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