Social media is your friend! #MedChat

Ben

Faculty: Medical Science
Department: Department of Allied Health
Course: BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science
Category: Allied and public health

28 June 2018

Being a student paramedic isn’t just about the theory you are taught in lectures, or the skills you practice in the labs - paramedicine is a continuously evolving profession where new research is published and practices are ever changing.

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) is a practice which blends clinician experiences with scientific research and patient values. This approach to patient care is intended to optimise decision making and improve patient outcomes.

One aspect of EBM which can be a challenge to stay up-to-date on is current research. One of the easiest ways to stay current on all things research and evidence based is to be in involved in social media and the online medical community. Below is an outline of a variety of different blogs, podcasts and digital resources I use to keep myself current.

#FOAMed & #MedChat

Twitter is quickly becoming a fantastic tool for students and qualified clinicians alike to share hints and tips of assessments and management as well as where many links are published to articles. I really suggest creating a twitter account and following the hashtag of #FOAMed (Free Open Access Medication) this is Medical education intended for anyone, anywhere, anytime!

Another brilliant FOAMed resource are podcasts, I love downloading and listening to these on long journeys or when travelling to and from placement (or when doing boring house work). In particular, TheResusRoom is my all-time favourite podcast – this is presented by Prehospital & Emergency Department Clinicians and provide really great analysis of evidence and are brilliant discussions to listen to.

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Next up – apps!

I am a huge fan of apps!! Mobile applications are a great way to access a whole host of information with a click, tap, or swipe.

JRCALC (Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee) Guidelines are THE ambulance service clinical guidelines - these come in a pocketbook or digital app format – I have recently purchased access to the app so I now have all the updates and information to hand all the time.

The BNF (British National Formulary) is a list of all medications currently available to be prescribed and the BNF app is great because it allows you to search for the medications and will give you lots of information about the side effects of the medications too.

Geeky Medics have released a clinical examination app which give students and clinicians access to resources which allows them to learn and revise key skills, as well as prepare for exams.

Finally, my new and currently favourite app – BMJ Best Practice! British Medical Journal – Best Practice is an incredible resource designed as a clinical decision support tool. I have recently discovered ARU students currently have access to this invaluable resource and I have been using it lots recently during my most recent module. It provides discussion summaries on different topics as well as differential diagnoses, specific examinations to carry out as well as guidelines to support the topics. I am finding this tool to be hugely beneficial to my learning as I can now recap certain presentations and differential diagnoses whenever and wherever I may need them!

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