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Social media and e-learning for professional development in psychiatry 

Social media and e-learning for professional development in psychiatry
Social media and e-learning for professional development in psychiatry

Olivier Andlauer

, Alexander Nawka

, Gregory Lydall

, Sinan Guloksuz

, and Silvana Galderisi

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date: 18 May 2022

The internet can be used for professional development, either through the use of social media or e-learning. Social media enable people to form groups to share resources, such as educational materials, research data, and important health information. Online discussions help in engaging the public in mental health issues and facilitate patients’ access to information. Psychiatrists should be aware of the potential impact on the patient–doctor relationship. E-learning offers a solution to the challenges of increasing medical knowledge, decreasing time available, and decentralization of medical care. It can provide a flexible and personalized way to teach psychiatrists. Evidence shows that e-learning is as effective as traditional teaching. Its limitations are the risk of dishonesty from learners and the lack of human interactions during teaching. Social media and e-learning can be powerful tools for professional development in psychiatry, and training on how to use them properly is warranted.

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