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Opportunities for paediatric resident education via social media
  1. Sumeet L Banker1,
  2. Steve Paik1
  1. Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Sumeet L Banker, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, 622 W. 168th St., VC4-449, New York, NY 10032, USA; sb3789{at}

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As medical educators continue to explore the use of technology and electronic media to support asynchronous learning amidst a changing educational landscape, social media may play a beneficial role in physician development.1 2 There are scattered reports of educational content delivered to medical trainees of all training levels over popular social media applications such as Facebook and Twitter, while other platforms such as YouTube and podcasts have also been studied, though to a lesser degree.

Millennials are high users of social media, though few studies have assessed learner needs and preferences regarding medical education via social media,3 and to our knowledge, none in a paediatric sample. We sought to characterise personal social media behaviours of paediatric trainees and explore their interest in engaging with graduate medical education (GME) through social media.

We conducted a curricular needs assessment at an accredited residency programme in New York, New York, USA. An electronic questionnaire was developed to examine attitudes, behaviours and practices regarding personal social media use, obtain an understanding of learning preferences and assess interest in using social media for medical education. When possible, items from previously published …

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  • Contributors SLB made substantial contributions to the conception and design of the work, the acquisition and analysis of data and drafted the work; SLB and SP made substantial contributions to the interpretation of data for the work, revised it critically for important intellectual content and provided final approval of the version to be published and agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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