From the International Medical Informatics Association

Launch of The Social MEDia Course

The growth of social media is changing how medicine is practiced and healthcare is delivered. The ways in which patients, doctors, and all healthcare professionals communicate and manage their interactions is changing due to the growing use of common social media applications and the growth in use of increasingly powerful mobile communications devices.

However, Dr. Bertalan (Berci) Mesko believes that medical education is lagging, and needs a revolution (in his words). In 2008, Berci launched a course at the University of Debrecen, Medical and Health Science Center in Hungary; this was the world’s first university accredited course for medical, dentistry and public health students abut social media and medicine. After several iterations of the course, which proved extremely popular with students, from February 2012, he began to teach the course at Semmelweis University of Budapest, the oldest medical school in Hungary (1769). The course is now an elective course that is part of the official medical curriculum at the two universities,  is taught to several hundred students and runs over 14 weeks.

As the next step, Berci has now launched The Social MEDia Course ( This is a free online course, available to anyone to access. While the course was primarily designed for medical and public health students as well as medical professionals, the vast majority of the presentations can provide useful pieces of information for patients and basically for everyone interested in health and social media.

The Social MEDia Course uses a series of 16 ‘Prezi’ ( presentations that run online, and each one is accompanied by a test that can be completed. On completion, a badge is added to the user profile which you can share on any social networks, and after finishing all 16 elements, a personalized certification is available to show successful completion of the course. An introductory Prezi gives an overview of the course.

Berci is a member of IMIA’s Social Media Working Group, and the course has been revised with, and will be monitored by, input from an international advisory board that includes members of the IMIA SMWG (

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