Twitter as a tool to enhance student engagement during an interprofessional patient safety course

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Twitter and other social media forums are gaining popularity in both the academic and conference arenas as tools to increase participant engagement, attention and interaction. While Twitter has been used successfully to engage college students, it has not been explored for use in an interprofessional curriculum. We sought to explore it as a method to foster student engagement. During a weeklong interprofessional patient safety course we invited students and faculty to participate in a Twitter conversation. It was found that this form of social media successfully captured a "behind the scenes" conversation and the experiences of the students which would have not been otherwise captured. This information is guiding future interprofessional educational programming in both the medical and nursing schools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-567
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Interprofessional education
  • Patient safety
  • Social media
  • Student engagment
  • Teamwork

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