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Electronic and Social Media-based Radiology Learning Initiative

Development, Implementation, Viewership Trends, and Assessment at 1 Year

      Rationale and Objectives

      We report the development of a new “Case of the Day” (COTD) educational initiative using email, social media (SoMe), and a website to disseminate content, as well as its trends in viewership and assessment of utility for the first year of implementation.

      Materials/Methods

      Using an image-rich format, a new unknown case was disseminated to radiology trainees and attendings at our institution by email twice per week, including history, salient images, and follow-up questions. Simultaneously, content was externally disseminated on Twitter and a publicly viewable departmental website. On subsequent days, the answer was posted via email, Twitter, and website in the form of a brief YouTube video lecture. Viewership data were collected over the first 12 months (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017), and an anonymous survey of participants was performed.

      Results

      Sixty-five COTDs had complete viewership data and were included in our analysis, yielding 4911 “case” email views (mean = 76), 3798 “answer” email views (mean = 58), 68,034 “case” Twitter impressions (mean = 1047), 75,724 “answer” Twitter impressions (mean = 1164), 5465 “case” Twitter engagements (mean = 84), and 5307 “answer” Twitter engagements (mean = 82). COTD YouTube video lectures garnered 3657 views (mean = 61) amounting to 10,358 minutes of total viewing time. Viewers were very satisfied with COTD quality, with 97% (n = 63) reporting the quality as “good” or “excellent.”

      Conclusions

      Email and SoMe can serve as effective tools for disseminating radiology educational content. SoMe offers substantial external visibility and branding potential for programs.

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