Dr Bertalan Meskó (@Berci) is an MD who teaches at the University of Debrecen (Hungary) Medical and Health Science Center, while he is working on his PhD in personalized genomics. He has also established himself as a real pioneer, curator and educator on medicine and emerging “Web 2.0″ online technologies. He blogs at ScienceRoll and created a fantastic directory of quality social media resources in dozens of medical disciplines, for professionals and patients alike, called Webicina. In 2008, he launched a course at UDMHSC on “Medicine and Web 2.0″; he taught the course in Hungarian during the fall semester and English in the spring semester. After several years, hundreds of students, conference presentations and lots of inquiries, Dr Meskó has reworked his course for a global online audience, and is calling it “The Social MEDia Course.”
The course launched yesterday, and includes sixteen modules. Each module includes an interactive presentation built with Prezi, which Dr Meskó estimates will take between 40 and 80 minutes for most students, and an evaluation, which takes 10-12 minutes. Participants can earn badges for successfully completing each module and passing its evaluation. Best of all, this excellent professional development opportunity is completely free of charge. Thanks to Dr Meskó for his excellent work and for building this very useful course!