Using Social Media as an Educational Tool

Des Moines , IA US
September 20, 2018


Open to DMU faculty and staff only. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.

Series Description

As 21st century medical education continues to transform into an interactive, learner-centered framework, technology has emerged as a valuable resource to aid in this transformation.The Fall 2018 IAMSE Webinar series explores the role of multiple technologies in supporting and guiding the evolution of 21st century medical education.

This series begins with a primer on how to effectively use technology to “flip” the classroom and reduce lecture time. This is followed by a session that probes the role and utility of instructional design in the development of Health Science courses. Harnessing the teaching potential of social media and identifying “responsible use” policies is the topic of the next session. The following presentation explores the “future of learning” through educational applications of virtual and augmented realities. The series closes with a comprehensive review of learning analytics and their applications to medical education. Upon completion of this series, participants will be better able to identify educational technologies and resources to assist in aligning medical education programs with 21st educational needs and values.

Webinar Description

Social media, collaborative web-based communication tools, can be used to engage learners and deliver educational content in novel ways. In this webinar, we present examples of social media use in health professions education as a springboard to explore the opportunities and challenges involved in designing and implementing social media educational innovations. Attention will be paid to supporting educational theory, issues of privacy, moderation, and outcome measures.


Katherine Chretien, MD
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Associate Professor of Medicine, George Washington University

Dr. Katherine Chretien is assistant dean for student affairs and professor of medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and hospitalist physician at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. She is President-Elect of Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine and on the executive leadership board of the Northeast Group on Student Affairs. Dr. Chretien is editor of the book "Mothers in Medicine: Career, Practice and Life Lessons Learned" (Springer, 2018) that is based on the group blog that she founded in 2008. Dr. Chretien's area of research focus has been on social media use in medicine and has given numerous national workshops and invited talks on this topic.

Dr. Chretien graduated from Brown University and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is the recipient of the Charles H. Griffith III Educational Research Award from CDIM and the Women Leaders in Medicine Award from the American Medical Student Association.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
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Event starts: 
09/20/2018 - 11:00am CDT
Event ends: 
09/20/2018 - 12:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Ryan Hall 281
Des Moines , IA 50312
United States
+1 (515) 271-1596

Des Moines University is located on a 22-acre campus in the heart of Des Moines, Iowa. Just west of downtown on Grand Avenue, the University is located in one of Des Moines' most prestigious neighborhoods. The campus is in a historic neighborhood filled with tree-lined streets and gracious older homes and businesses. Its central location makes it easy to access the rest of the city and outlying communities. The campus is close to the Des Moines International Airport, located on the bus line and just blocks from local shopping and downtown Des Moines.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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