When I grow up I want to be Dr. John Mandrola. Great blog post on the emerging preeminence of social media in medical education.
Perhaps the most notable facet of this new brand of knowledge transfer is its democracy. There are no paywalls; patients get access too. Let’s emphasize the value of patients learning alongside caregivers. This democracy of knowledge is vital.
My favorite part of the post was his answer to the question of quality of information:
An often cited challenge comes in the vetting of information. Skeptics of social media and the Internet have asked me how one knows the truth. Their bias, of course, is that prose written in peer-reviewed journals is accurate and free of conflict. That’s a laughable bias these days.
His link was a personal experience but he could just as easily linked to Retraction Watch to make the same point.
By the way NephJC.com is live, if not a bit rough.