Usage of Student-Created Anatomical Diagrams Shared on Social Media

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Medical Science Educator


Social media (SoMe) is a resource for electronic materials in medical education, but has been particularly relevant for anatomy education due to the visual nature of the discipline. Although the distribution of expert/faculty-created anatomy content has been documented, the usefulness of novice/student-created content distributed via SoMe remains undetermined. To address this, original anatomical diagrams (n = 127) created by a novice educator were disseminated via the Anatomy Adventures Instagram account and evaluated for their usefulness. Audience engagement was evaluated using descriptive statistics, with a mean number of likes for all posts (n = 61) of 62.54 + 15.70. Statistically significant differences in the number of likes across content topics were assessed using a Kruskal-Wallis test (H(41.09) = 4, p < 0.005). An 11-item survey (10.6% response rate) explored the (1) population demographics, (2) diagram utility, and (3) suggestions for improvement. Responses were converted to percent frequencies and assessed with chi-square. Descriptive codes were applied to open-ended responses according to published methods. Of the 111 survey responses, 95% of participants were 18-30 years, with the majority of participants being medical students (69.3%), undergraduate/graduate students (16.2%), and fully employed (12.6%). Participants report using the diagrams to study for coursework or board examinations (54%), while non-medical use (42.4%) included leisure viewing or reviewing for their occupation. The usefulness of the diagrams was attributed to their (1) simplicity (43%), (2) style (24.6%), and (3) color-coding (12.3%) (p = 0.0025). These data indicate that Instagram may be utilized by novice educators to provide accurate and accessible resources.



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anatomy, diagrams, social media, medical education