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The Nephrology Social Media Collective Internship: Cultivating Leaders in the Age of Social Media

  • 1 Isabelle Dominique Tomacruz, MD, is a Clinical Fellow at Philippine General Hospital, Manila, Philippines. Corina Teodosiu, MD, is a Nephrology Intern at Carol Davila Clinical Hospital, Bucharest, Romania. Sophia L. Ambruso, DO, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine & Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, Aurora, CO. Michelle Lim, MBChB, MRCP, is a Clinical Fellow at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Scotland.
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The rise of social media (SoMe) and free open-access medical education (#FOAMed)

The internet and social media have revolutionized the way medical information is disseminated, presented, and consumed. There is a rapid uptake of virtual and mobile-optimized modalities, where FOAMed tools are becoming a preferred modality for medical education (15). FOAMed differs from traditional medical education in that teaching and learning occur asynchronously within the virtual space, outside of traditional institutions and a lecture-based format. Although virtual education has grown exponentially over the last several decades, gaining the skills to harness social media as an educational platform has largely remained up to the individual, with little guidance. More recently, a few formal month-to-year-long training programs emerged, i.e., the Nephrology Social Media Collective (NSMC) internship, Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM), CardioNerds Academy, iMED Track (Internal Medicine), and Digital Communications Fellowship (Pathology), designed to equip healthcare professionals with the tools necessary to use social media effectively in healthcare in their respective fields (610).

Enter the NSMC

The NSMC internship was established in 2015 as a year-long, free, online, mentored training program envisioned to “train healthcare professionals to effectively harness social media to be leaders in medicine” (11, 12). This internship enables a diverse and international community of interns, composed of specialists, fellows, residents, nurses, and medical students, to collaborate and engage in virtual projects and activities to become “knowledgeable, proficient, and confident in the use of social media” (12), while maintaining a professional, inclusive, and respectful atmosphere within the virtual community.

Learning activities

The internship runs from January to November of each year, where the interns are divided into 4 mentoring pods and rotate through the four NSMC core rotations:

  1. Graphical communications: to create visual abstracts and infographics with the potential of publication in journals

  2. Tweetorial and blogposts: to produce and publish tweetorials and blog posts with the Renal Fellow Network and American Journal of Kidney Diseases (AJKD) blog

  3. Podcasting: to contribute to the NSMC podcast, “Tales from the Tubule,” under the guidance of experienced podcast producers

  4. NephJC (a Twitter-based journal club): to produce visual abstracts and summaries and to participate and host the fortnightly NephJC

Most of the public activities occur on Twitter, whereas the back-channel communication between interns and faculty occurs on a semi-private communication platform (Slack) (13).

Interns also learn important social media skills—including Online Professionalism, Medical Advocacies, Social Media and Leadership, Twitter & Slack 101, Creating and Producing Podcasts, and Animated Videos—from the faculty and invited speakers during “Open Mic Nights,” which take place on Zoom. These sessions are recorded so they can be watched at any time.

In addition to this, interns are encouraged to create FOAMed resources for the highly popular annual online educational game NephMadness and attend a unique educational meeting, KIDNEYcon, held every April, for those interested in participating in hands-on workshops and collaborating and learning more about nephrology. There are also multiple opportunities to work on projects with collaborators who are leaders and pioneers in nephrology education.

Onward and upward

The internship culminates with a graduation ceremony during the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week every fall. where faculty, alumni, and graduating interns celebrate the achievements of the past year. Although this signifies the end of the internship, the connections and opportunities created by the internship have provided avenues to collaborate with colleagues from all over the world, serve as leaders on national committees, join editorial boards of journals, give talks in local and international conferences, as well as provide mentorship to younger interns. All of these opportunities serve as a springboard to propel careers and cultivate new generations of leaders and pioneers in nephrology education around the globe.

For more information about the program, visit the website www.nsmc.blog, and look for applications each December.

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