(Welcome to the ICE blog Anthony Llewellyn – that’s a lot of “L’s”. Anthony is leading a blog series on blogs. HT to MC Escher-Jonathan (@sherbino))
By Anthony Llewellyn (@hetimeddir)
The rise and rise of blogs in #MedEd over the last decade or so is well noted, as is the concept of #FOAM, free open access medical education. In 2014, a different group of CEs met at ICRE to determine quality indicators for various social media platforms, including blogs.
The features (and especially the mechanics, i.e. day-to-day operations) of a great MedEd blog were again debated by a keen group of Clinician Educators during a workshop run by Teresa Chan at the 2015 International Conference on Residency Education.
The question before the 16 workshop participants was: What are the factors that contribute to good MedEd blogging? The participants ranged in expertise from interested, about-to-be bloggers, to the recently started, and finally to seasoned expert bloggers. In many cases participants were attending because other parties had asked them to set up a blog (i.e. their local residency program, academic division, etc..).
For the purpose of the workshop, we considered both single person blogs as well as group blogs. Participants moved through 3 rapid-fire white board sessions in mixed teams. This led to the development of a number of key questions.
Questions generated included:
- How do you actually set up a good blog?;
- How do you generate and sustain content?;
- Do you protect your blogging content? If so how?;
- How do you get appropriate recognition and support for blogging; and
- Exactly how free is FOAM anyway?
Now in this series of “blogs about blogs”, we attempt to answer these key questions by interviewing recognised #MedEd bloggers, at the same time showcasing some of the best #MedEd blogs currently out there.
In the meantime, share your favourite MedEd blog or blogger. We may profile their work.
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 Sherbino J, Arora V, Van Melle E, Rogers R, Frank J, Holmboe E. Criteria for social media-based scholarship in health professions education. Postgraduate Medical Journal. 2015:postgradmedj-2015-133300. doi:10.1136/postgradmedj-2015-133300.