Maintaining a Twitter feed to advance an internal medicine residency Program's educational mission

Paul A. Bergl*, Akhil Narang, Vineet M. Arora

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Background: Residency programs face many challenges in educating learners. The millennial generation's learning preferences also force us to reconsider how to reach physicians in training. Social media is emerging as a viable tool for advancing curricula in graduate medical education. Objective: The authors sought to understand how social media enhances a residency program's educational mission. Methods: While chief residents in the 2013-2014 academic year, two of the authors (PB, AN) maintained a Twitter feed for their academic internal medicine residency program. Participants included the chief residents and categorical internal medicine house staff. Results: At the year's end, the authors surveyed residents about uses and attitudes toward this initiative. Residents generally found the chief residents' tweets informative, and most residents (42/61, 69%) agreed that Twitter enhanced their overall education in residency. Conclusions: Data from this single-site intervention corroborate that Twitter can strengthen a residency program's educational mission. The program's robust following on Twitter outside of the home program also suggests a need for wider adoption of social media in graduate medical education. Improved use of data analytics and dissemination of these practices to other programs would lend additional insight into social media's role in improving residents' educational experiences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere5
JournalJMIR Medical Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015


  • Internet/ethics
  • Medical education
  • Social media
  • Twitter messaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Medicine


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