Apply for the NSMC Social Media Internship
Applications due by January 1, 2019.
The Nephrology Social Media Collective (NSMC) internship was established in 2015 with the goal of training doctors to effectively harness social media in order to be leaders in medicine. The ability to define your personal online identity is a core competency of the future.
The NSMC internship will give you modern communication skills that are not taught in medical school, residency, or fellowship.
The NSMC Internship provides repeated opportunities to practice nephrology social media. We also provide mentorship, discussion, guidance and direction.
An important part of the curriculum will be learning about and demonstrating professionalism in the use of social networks and media.
What are the expectations?
The complete teaching curriculum is available here. But the framework of the curriculum is:
NephJC. We look at NephJC as our core teaching service. It is the general medicine wards of our internship. Interns are expected to be regular participants in NephJC. But beyond being regular participants, interns become part of the backbone of NephJC by writing summaries, creating visual abstracts, curating summaries of the chat, and ultimately, hosting a chat.
Slack Back Channel. Interns will be invited into a private Slack group with the faculty and advisors. In this backchannel we point out both good and bad uses of social media. We discuss why it is good (or bad). Much of the learning and mentoring occurs in this channel.
Special Projects. Interns will start off the year writing a blog post. After that they will create support and promotional content for NephMadness. Over the summer interns will then write a blog post for Renal Fellow Network, NephJC or another channel.
Didactic Sessions. We use the infrastructure of GlomCon to stream lectures to the interns (Zoom conferences). This includes lectures on Nephrology Social Media, professionalism, using social media for academic advancement (no guarantees that you will achieve professor of medicine on the back of Twitter).
Interns can participate in the program from anywhere with internet access and the program has had interns have great experience from India, UK, Australia, Egypt and other places. However, interns need to attend NephJC and so take a look at the NephJC times and see if you can make it work with your schedule.
How much time do interns spend on NSMC? Here is the feedback from this year's graduating interns:
Who are we looking for?
Residents bound for nephrology
Attendings in nephrology
If you are not one of the above and are still interested, send in an application. We have an open mind and have had success with non-nephrologists but understand much of the expertise and content is directed to nephrologists.
You do not need to have a blog or Twitter account, but you will need to get on Twitter if you become an intern. That is where the conversation is.
Matthew A. Sparks
Mya Htwe Nge
Ali Poyan Mehr
* Program director
** Associate program director