Call of Interprofessional Duty: an ethnographically informed discussion on preparing students to be digitally resilient

Joshua Bluteau, Patricia Bluteau

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Abstract

What role does social media play for interprofessional education in a pandemic? This is the first pandemic to occur in a world filled with social media, where digital communication is ubiquitous and a high percentage of those affected are digitally literate. This paper situated within a United Kingdom (UK) context explores this new phenomenon, discussing the ways in which digital gift giving toward health and social care professionals has developed on a variety of social media platforms. This discussion proposes a theoretical understanding of digital gift giving and raises the importance of digital resilience for interprofessional learning and working. Reflections are made on the expected and imagined reciprocity of digital gift giving and the talismanic nature of employing symbols digitally to ward off COVID-19. This paper employs an ethnographic lens to unpack the issue of digital gift giving and recommends preparing students for the onslaught of digital gifts they may be exposed to upon entering the workplace. Academics are called on as the mediators of these recommendations, and suggestions are made as to how students can be best prepared for a digitally saturated interprofessional practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Volume(In-press)
Early online date16 Jul 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Covid-19
  • Digital gift giving
  • ethnography
  • interprofessional education
  • medical anthropology
  • social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Medicine(all)
  • Nursing(all)

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