Emergency Medicine Mobile App Competition

Emergency Medicine Diagnosis and Management 6e has been turned into an eBook on SkyScape Medical resources and will be available on

  • Android OS >1.5
  • BlackBerry® OS >4.1
  • iPhone/iPod Touch  >2.0 and iPad

…so time for another simple and straight forward competition

 In 100 words or less tell us WHICH social media tools are most useful in delivering/discussing/disseminating health and medical education on the web and WHY

The lucky winner will be chosen by the least social media savvy of our guest contributors and receive a free



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  1. Kevin Gysling says

    The top social media tools I believe to be the most useful are as follows:
    Facebook: For sheer size of user base, and easy to update pages for various sites.
    Twitter: Quick links and explanation model capability, as well as the capacity to have discussion on the go in real time.
    Blogs: Quick access to information, and special niche areas.
    Podcasts: Sometimes it’s nice to hear, instead of read!
    YouTube: Visual learning, and sometimes it’s nice to watch as opposed to read or listen!
    Thank you!

  2. Joseph Carter says

    I believe that blogs, podcasts, and YouTube videos are the most effective tools at delivering information across social media. These types of media generally disseminate valuable information to those seeking it as opposed to ads and general filler material. Also programs such as EM:RAP, emrap.tv, and Hippo Education (despite not being social media) are offering invaluable information on a broad range of emergency medical topics.

  3. Kylie E says


    Professional organisations post updates I/c subsections of AHPRA!

    Leaders or keen individuals post relevant information. If u follow the correct person!

    More links to referenced material and less anecdotal colloquialism.

    No farm game/marfia wars to navigate.

    Acts as an information feed, you can choose to read further by clicking a link, or decide it is not applicable to you and move on!

  4. Trey Wood says

    Facebook is the best choice hands down to reach large numbers of people quickly. There are many people are less tech savy on Facebook. Friends on Facebook tend to come from a wider range of Demographics than services such as Linked-in or Twitter. Facebook has already been shown to be a great medium for creating viral followings.

  5. Matt Eggleston says

    For delivering/disseminating information I think the blog format works the best because of its ability to categorize posts using several different keywords, thus allowing the reader to follow the topic stems that are related even when they are posted at different times. However for discussing information, you can’t beat the instant feedback that twitter allows for.

  6. Geoffrey Kerns says

    The use of Facebook is most powerful for getting information out to the greatest number of people, though by itself it is somewhat limited in terms of how much information can be put across. By using Facebook as a means of connecting all other forms of social media such as YouTube videos, blogs, and my personal favorite: podcasts; a medical educator can not only reach large numbers of people, but reach them with large volumes of information that can be broken down in a wide variety of ways such as instructional videos and slide presentations.

  7. G Z says

    Facebook has a large user base but too intrusive with respect to privacy at present. It is not possible to obtain or post information in an anonymous way. Same goes for most other social media sites.

    I feel a website like LITFL is best. The blog/vlog component could rapidly disseminate new info. Add to this a solid wiki component, which enables visitors to reference reliable info quickly and proactively on subjects of interest.

  8. says

    Health and especialy medical education can be offered to people who seek to know rather than thrusting over a social media like facebook or twitter, which nevertheless remain promotional tool for the main project.
    Blogs and Interactive games can be more effective in delivering education.
    In a simple manner,
    To deliver content : interactive games and application across mobile platforms, computers, facebook
    To discuss : blog, facebook, twitter
    To disseminate : facebook, twitter

  9. Cadey C says

    I’m working and volunteering in the medical field while studying for the MCAT and start the application process for medical school. I always turn to the Medscape app on my iPhone/iPad. Why I think this is the best tool?
    - It’s free -- I’m a recent college graduate realizing that school debt is no fun.
    - It has it all -- It has drug and clinical references along with pictures and videos.
    - It’s easy to understand -- I’m constantly looking up things and it always has an answer that is broken down for even the pre-med student to understand.

  10. Jonathan Cheah says

    facebook is still my no.1 -- - -- i found few medical groups if they are updated daily with great input from esteemed clinicians are helpful e.g. http://www.facebook.com/groups/179465178830655/
    this group is similar to a daily ward round
    they make learning like a browse through your friends photos rather than the usual ho-hum crum of slogging on textbooks , they add fun and zest

    twitter brings fast updates from all the great gurus e.g. scott weingart,min, chris etc and their conversations are gold !

    websites/blogs VIA GOOGLE+ is my staple i use now everyday to keep updated with blogs
    —these blogs give succinct analyses especially breakdown of data easily through podcasts and videos which make it simpler for me to digest

  11. Erin b says

    Mobile Med apps with a news function are great for disseminating conference results and current events. Med apps are also excellent when used as info databases. Facebook and other news feed are the most practical way of being notified of blog/ online publishing from different sources, whether an expert in the field or an organization. I prefer to scroll through a combined facebook feed for quickly looking through posts of interest from multiple sources. Saves time!

  12. Ganaja says

    I think the most powerful tool is Wikipaedia as it has many uses as well as many contributors. The facts are mostly reliable and easy to search. Thank you Ganaja