#Twitter can boost medical students' education, AMA says

Some studies suggest that using Twitter may have a positive effect on medical students' educational and career development, according to the American Medical Association.

For one such study, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, researchers examined 31 Twitter "superusers" who were at different stages of their medical education for eight months. The individuals, a near-even split between male and female students, were selected because they posted professional content, interacted with other medical students or faculty, or participated in professional tweet chats.

Researchers found that "medical students who regularly used Twitter as a professional tool were doing so with thoughtfulness and purpose," and that, "Twitter allowed them access and voice that supplemented their medical school experience."

The study highlighted various methods through which Twitter could help supplement medical students' education, including through creating communities and collaborations, and develop their voices through advocacy.

Researchers also analyzed the core practices of medical student superusers, and found that they are typically purposeful with their use of Twitter, maintain professionalism on the platform and identify faculty role models, among other traits.

To access the full report, click here.

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