Facebook discussion groups provide a robust worldwide platform for free pathology education

Raul S. Gonzalez, Sadiq M. Amer, Nejib Ben Yahia, Felipe D.Almeida Costa, Manu Noatay, Jian Hua Qiao, Flavia G. Rosado, Yale Rosen, Bruno Tavares Sedassari, Rhonda K. Yantiss, Jerad M. Gardner

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Context: Facebook (Menlo Park, California) is one of many online sites that provide potential educational tools for pathologists. We have each founded Facebook groups dedicated to anatomic pathology, in which members can share cases, ask questions, and contribute to discussions. Objectives: To report our experiences in founding and maintaining these Facebook groups and to characterize the contributed content. Design: We circulated a survey among the group founders, then compiled and analyzed the responses. Results: The groups varied in membership and in the quality of member contribution. Most posts were of pathology cases, although other topics (such as research articles) were also shared. All groups remained active and received posts from users all over the world, although all groups had many noncontributing members and received unwanted messages (which were screened and removed). Most founders were glad they had founded the groups because they provided an opportunity to both teach and learn. Conclusions: Each analyzed Facebook group had a different character, and some downsides exist, but the groups all provided a no-cost way for pathologists and others across the world to interact online with many colleagues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)690-695
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


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