Social Media

Social Media 101:
A workshop for those who wish to get engaged

Originally Aired on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 |  7:00-8:30pm

Social media has become an undeniable resource in today's world.  Nearly everyone uses it in some way to connect to friends, family, or colleagues. We also use it to get our news and stay informed about the world at large.

In this event, Drs. Sharon Bal, Tara Packham, and Teresa Chan discussed three ways in which they each harnessed the great (and terrible) potential of using social media for your professional life. Whether you're a teacher, a researcher, or a leader - these three will highlight how social media might help you enhance your professional & academic life.

Three short talks on Social Media in the Health Professions

Dr. Teresa Chan (@TChanMD) is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University.  She is the assistant dean for McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD).  She is an avid scholar in health professions education and works with the MERIT group (@MERIT_McMaster), and conducts research and scholarship within this area. 

Dr. Chan is an avid researcher and scholar in the area of social media - focusing on how we can harness these technologies to effectively teach and engage in knowledge translation within online environments. In 2018 she received a PSI Foundation Knowledge Translation Award to conduct scholarship in this domain.

Dr.  Tara Packham (@TaraLPackham) is an occupational therapist and Assistant Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Sciences at McMaster University.  She teaches in both the Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences graduate programs on clinical skills, evidence-based practice, and implementing evidence into practice.  Her clinical interests and program of research focus on the intersecting areas of persistent pain, rehabilitation of hand and upper limb conditions, and outcome measurement.  You will find her on Twitter @TaraLPackham, tweeting about pain, rehabilitation, narrative medicine, her amazing colleagues and trainees, and on occasion, dogs and/or gardening.

Dr. Sharon Bal (@sharonbal8) is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. She is a prominent educator at McMaster's Waterloo Regional Campus and the lead of our Social Media team in the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD). She is also a Mom, family physician, educator, and student.