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Educational content and the use of social media at US departments of surgery

Overview of attention for article published in Surgery, December 2017
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Title
Educational content and the use of social media at US departments of surgery
Published in
Surgery, December 2017
DOI 10.1016/j.surg.2017.10.039
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Nikolian, Vahagn C., Barrett, Meredith, Valbuena, Valeria S., Ibrahim, Andrew M., Eidy, Hassan, Ghandour, Mohamed H., Ghaferi, Amir A., Vahagn C. Nikolian, Meredith Barrett, Valeria S. Valbuena, Andrew M. Ibrahim, Hassan Eidy, Mohamed H. Ghandour, Amir A. Ghaferi

Abstract

The growth of the social media platform Twitter has prompted many to consider its potential as an educational tool. Little is known about how surgery training programs are utilizing this resource and whether this platform can provide educational content effectively. We sought to determine national utilization of Twitter by departments of surgery in the United States and evaluate if educationally driven content heightened engagement with the Twitter followers. We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of social media presence for all Accreditation Council for Graduation Medical Education accredited general surgery training programs between October 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Each tweet was characterized as either promotional or educational. Metrics related to account engagement, including impressions (number of times a tweet is seen) and retweets (number of times a tweet is shared), were compared. These results were compared against a single departmental account focused primarily on educational content. Thirty-two departmental Twitter accounts were identified from the 272 programs approached associated with accredited general surgery training programs. Training programs posted a median of 1.0 unique tweets (interquartile range: 0.6-2.3) per week. Tweets were primarily promotional (81% of posts) and generated marginal engagement with followers (3.4 likes/tweet; 1.5 retweets/tweet). In contrast, a single, resident-run departmental account at our institution (University of Michigan) focused on educational content generated consistent, educational content (19.6 unique tweets/week, 48% of which were educational), which resulted in increased engagement with followers (11.4 likes/tweet; 5.9 retweets/tweet) compared to other accounts. Though Twitter is being widely adopted widely by departments of surgery, it is primarily utilized for promotional content. Use of educational content may improve engagement from followers. (Surgery 2017;160:XXX-XXX.).

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 7 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 2 29%
Student > Postgraduate 2 29%
Student > Master 1 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 1 14%
Student > Doctoral Student 1 14%
Other 0 0%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 5 71%
Unspecified 1 14%
Engineering 1 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 64. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 13 April 2018.
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#181,745
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#20
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#10,045
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Outputs of similar age from Surgery
#3
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