Attending the 9th Annual Cochrane Canada Symposium


Last February, I had the privilege of presenting a workshop at the 9th Annual Cochrane Canada Symposium.

It was a lovely conference amongst the masters and purists of Evidence Based Medicine. Our session, Using Social Media to Promote Evidence-Based Practice: A Primer on Blogs, Wikis, and Twitter, was very well received (abstract below).


Workshop 6: Using Social Media to Promote Evidence Based Practice

Background: This workshop provides an overview of three popular social media technologies, blogs, wikis and microblogging (e.g., Twitter, Yammer). The authors will show where to locate medical blogs and wikis on the social web and the type of information that can be found there to support evidence-based practice. Through a mix of didactic lecture, hands-on practice, and group discussion, this workshop provides an entry point for social media beginners.
Learning objectives: At the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand blog, wiki and microblogging tools and how they are used in medicine
  • Have some basic knowledge of how to select one of the social tools examined to support evidence-based practice and medical education
  • Identify major blogging and wiki platforms to create accounts, new content and social networks
  • Be able to assess issues of privacy on various social media platforms
  • Contextualize workshop information for personal use in practice, research and continuing education

Format: A practical session that combines lecture, live demonstrations and practical exercises.

Equipment required: Participants can bring their laptops and mobiles. Internet access will be provided.

Knowledge level required: Some awareness of social media and basic knowledge of the web.

It is essential that I acknowledge my co-authors Dean Giustini (Lead), and Dan Hooker, for their hard work and collaboration in this project.

September 17th, 2011 | Articles by me, e-Public Health, English, Presentations, Professional Resources

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