The evolving role of digital media in medical education

J Pak Med Assoc. 2022 May;72(5):958-960. doi: 10.47391/JPMA.3527.

Abstract

Within the last decade, social media has progressed from a form of mere entertainment to a medium for solution of complex issues in our daily lives. During the last few years, social media has gained value in medical education and the diversity in the use of digital media has given new dimensions to medical education while facing the Covid pandemic. Digital media helps in creating virtual communities which not only bring more harmony between teachers and students but has also shown to have reduced anxiety and stress among students. Common social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp have recently gained popularity as platforms which are being actively used in various ways to enhance learning. Social media in medical education is also utilised to enhance communication skills, professionalism and better patient care, but this should be addressed with caution as violation of patient's privacy and confidentiality remains a threat.

Keywords: Social media, Digital media, Medical education..

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Education, Medical* / methods
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Professionalism
  • Social Media*