Pre-Conference Workshops on SLICE and How to use Social Media


 Medical Education Conf. by FMHCMD

Pre-Conference Workshops on SLICE
and How to use Social Media

 LAHORE: Prof. Rehan Khan from Riphah International University facilitated the workshop on “SLICE-in the long case in undergraduate medical student’s examination. Prof. Rehan Khan pointed out that we know the skills but we have not become professionals. During the examination, in the long case, we see the holistic approach of doctors, how they handle and manage the patient. The objective is to teach the students the correct way of examination of a patient. In the long case the assessment is unstructured and non-organized. SLICE means Standard Long Interview and Clinical Examination. This assessment is for learning. Clinical reasoning and critical thinking, both are included in this, he added.

How Doctors should use Social Media

This workshop on Social Media was facilitated by Prof. Imran Ijaz Haider and Dr. Nazish Imran. The workshop consisted of different case studies. One was related to the image of the medical profession. It was pointed out that End of Year Talent Shows are popular at many medical schools, featuring both live and recorded performances by medical students. One Video posted by student’s from a well-known medical school shows students parodying a popular rap song and dancing lewdly with skeletons.

The participants were asked to identify the issues relating to professionalism, discuss the questions related to professionalism and prepare summary statement by the group with consensus. The questions were as far as professionalism is concerned, is posting a video of a parody on social media different than doing a skit on a stage and the second question was what if the message on social media is to benefit patients?

The other case study was related to Befriending Patients. The issues which may arise befriending a patient, students, and teachers on social media were discussed in detail and highlighted. The issues related to providing medical advice to social circles on Facebook were also discussed. In case of a post about an urgent serious medical condition that one might be able to help by posting a response but what will they do in case the post is by a friend of a friend or a close friend.

The third case related to The Political Resident while the fourth case was related to confidentiality. There are serious issues involved in all these scenarios which were discussed in detail. The participants were cautioned to be careful while using the social media because it can land them into trouble. A vast majority of the healthcare professionals including medical students are very active and addicted to the use of social media in different forms, hence it is important that they are taught about how to effectively use this but in a way that it does not bring any harm to them. The information provided was very much appreciated by the participants who opined that all medical students, healthcare professionals must attend such an informative and useful workshop.

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