18 September 2014

Reaching students via social media

The 9th HYMS Education Conference took place at the University of Hull. Keynote speaker Dr Anne-Marie Cunningham shared her experiences of using social media as an effective tool in the teaching and learning process for both students and clinicians.

Dr Cunningham, who is a GP and Associate Academic at the Institute of Primary Care and Public Health at Cardiff University, spoke about developing an engaging teaching and learning environment, both in the classroom and ward using Twitter and Facebook and other forms of social media.

The conference began with a talk by Alison Pettigrew, HYMS Head of Quality and Standards, who spoke about the plans for HYMS for the next five years and some of the challenges the medical school faced at present.

She was followed by Dr Andrew Brown, HYMS Academic Lead for the Learning Environment, and HYMS student Aseem Mishra, who talked about changing the learning environment and finding new ways to engage with students.

Mr Jim Innes, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, from Hull and East Yorkshire Eye Hospital, then spoke about how he had learned eye surgery when training – “see one, do one, teach one” – and his colleague, Polly Dickerson, outlined the up-to-date, high-fidelity, computer-based training method students completed now before they were allowed to operate on real patients.

The day was rounded off by a number of workshop sessions and closing remarks by Dr David Pearson, Deputy Dean (Education).

Keynote speaker Dr Anne Marie Cunningham

 Alison Pettigrew

 Alison Pettigrew, HYMS Head of Quality and Standards

Discussion over coffee

 Discussion over coffee

 A workshop session