21st Century Medical Education ,Incorporating Social Media in Surgical Teaching

This is an article by Dr Sanjiv Rampal and Opthalmologist Dr Noor Aniah Azmi regarding the recent advances in post graduate teaching incorporating social media in surgical teaching in 21st century in Malaysia.

“Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the
– John F. Kennedy
The teaching of Medicine has evolved over the years. The traditional lecture and one to one clinical
mentorship are threatened by small group discussion, abundance and limitless of online e-books,
videos of clinical teaching and less of didactic lecture-based teaching. The digital world has totally
surrounded the current generation for most of their adolescent life. Recent studies prove that the
millennial generation responds to digital teaching aids and more likely to learn faster with digital
avenues. Evidence proves that social media avenues have got an overwhelming response in the
transfer of knowledge and know-how. These would include the use of virtual reality learning for
repetitive procedures, teleconferencing using Zoom or Google Meet, the transfer of files via telegram
and WhatsApp, and the use of Facebook live for live conferencing. Google and Facebook are the
most commonly used social media tools, followed by YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, and LinkedIn. This
article outlines the trending platforms available that may enhance the current surgical
postgraduate and sub-speciality training in the local set-up.

Collobrative work with Dr Noor Aniah Azmi
Opthalmologist And Medical Lecturer
Faculty of Medicine And Health Sciences
Universiti Putra Malaysia

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