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Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2017 May;141(5):690-695. doi: 10.5858/arpa.2016-0369-OA. Epub 2016 Oct 20.

Facebook Discussion Groups Provide a Robust Worldwide Platform for Free Pathology Education.

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From the Department of Pathology, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York (Dr Gonzalez); the Department of Pathology, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (Dr Amer); the Department of Pathology, Laboratoire d'Anatomie et de Cytologie Pathologique, Djerba, Tunisia (Dr Ben Yahia); the Department of Pathology, AC Camargo Cancer Center, São Paulo, Brazil (Dr Costa); the Department of Pathology, Niche Theranostics, New Delhi, India (Dr Noatay); the Department of Pathology, California Hospital Medical Center, Los Angeles (Dr Qiao); the Department of Pathology, West Virginia University, Morgantown (Dr Rosado); the Department of Pathology, Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, New York (Dr Rosen); the Department of Pathology, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (Dr Sedassari); the Department of Pathology, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York, (Dr Yantiss); and the Department of Pathology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock (Dr Gardner).



- 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.


- To report our experiences in founding and maintaining these Facebook groups and to characterize the contributed content.


- We circulated a survey among the group founders, then compiled and analyzed the responses.


- 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.


- 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.

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