National Post: What’s your doctor reading? How social media is disrupting medical education
March 29, 2019
“Dr. David Carr, a staff physician and associate professor at the University of Toronto, is an advocate for the use of social media in medicine, but he says students run the risk of ending up with a “Swiss cheese model of knowledge” — with major gaps in their understanding.
“One of the challenges with FOAM is that if you only seek medical knowledge obtained through open-access medicine, it tends to romanticize topics, so sometimes you overlook core concepts,” he says. “They want to pick up the weird case, the thing that they know they can talk about on social media… they’re looking for romanticized, zebra, esoteric stuff… but they don’t know about basic (stuff).””