2022 Webinar series: 22 February – Challenges and opportunities from social media for public health

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Challenges and opportunities from social media for public health

22nd February 2022. 4:00 – 5:15pm UK time

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The Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine [FPM] is partnering with the Senior Editors of its journal Health Policy and Technology in a series of webinars with a focus on the interface between health policy, health technology, social media and clinical medicine.

This session is of interest to a wide range of professionals interested in health, including clinical trainees, senior clinicians, policy makers, academics and other health professionals. The session is also open to interested members of the public.

The Panel will discuss risks and benefits for public health from social media.

These include:

– managing rapid transmission via social media of ‘fake news’ about health

– social media as a cost-effective way for public health experts to inform the public about prevention and treatment of serious health issues

– use of social media to improve communication to the public and to health professionals during public health emergencies e.g. from local and international outbreaks of infectious disease

– responding to public concerns about of particular communicable and non-communicable public health issues


Chair: Dr Ihsane Hmamouchi, Temara Hospital, Mohamed V University, Rabat, Morocco

4:00pm Dr James Bateman, Consultant Rheumatologist, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham, UK. Video and text messaging for rheumatology patients – risk from COVID-19 and narrow the gap of misinformation and infobesity – information overload.

4:20pm Dr Giridhara R Babu, Professor and Head – Life Course Epidemiology at Public Health Foundation of India, Indian Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru, India. How social media plays a role in shaping public perceptions and policy responses to key health matters.

4:30pm Professor Donald Singer, President, Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, London, UK. International FPM Awards for trusted writing in social media: deadline 31st May: combating fake news and health education for the public and health professionals.

4:40pm Associate Professor Ken Redekop, Editor-in-Chief, Health Policy and Technology, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Medical journals and social media.

4:45pm Discussion with panel and audience

5:15pm Close

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The official journals of FPM are Health Policy and Technology and the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

The FPM provide updates for clinical trainees, senior clinicians, policy makers, academics and other health professionals on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common and serious clinical disorders – both for communicable and non-communicable diseases.

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