shutterstock_57058306 Twitter is a communication platform, and, therefore, it is a neutral medium. It’s not the medium itself, but how you use the medium that makes Twitter "good" or "bad." In my five years of being an anonymous and five months of being a named individual on Twitter, I have come to realize that different people use Twitter for different purposes. In ...

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will-work-4-likes For physicians interested in growing their social media presence, this is what not to do. James Chang is a radiologist and author of Oh Doctor, The Places You Will Go… He blogs at Poor MD and can be reached on Facebook.

academicMedicalCenterTwitter Ever since I began residency, I have been encouraging, prodding, and at times, persistently pestering department leadership of my belief that our ophthalmology department should have a dedicated Twitter feed. After months of persistence combined with good timing and supportive leadership, the Twitter feed was launched on June 1, 2015 for the University of Iowa department of ophthalmology and ...

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shutterstock_154181867 I was once Australia’s most followed surgeon on Twitter, according to my dear wife. She was probably right, as always. I had more than 3,700 followers on my account, but very few people knew who I was behind that necktie avatar. You see, I was anonymous, or more correctly, pseudonymous. There were three reasons why I chose to start off life on ...

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In this age of Internet-everything, online reviews have become the par for the course for business, and this includes medicine. Indeed, one recent survey found that 88 percent of consumers trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations. So online reviews count. And overall, this is a good thing. Data shows that more reviews translate into significantly more appointments, and this holds true even if ...

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Waaaah-Hoo!! – Slim Pickins as Maj. ‘King’ Kong, riding the bomb in “Dr. Strangelove” I am converted. Like many doctors, I was very leary of social media, wary about using it, skeptical of its professional value. Especially Twitter, but really all of the platforms. No longer: I have embraced social media, and it has embraced me. I feel a little bit like Dr. Strangelove, only the subtitle is now “How I Learned To  Stop Worrying ...

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I have now been a “Tweetiatrician” for six weeks. Yes, I am a relatively late adopter of new social media technology but it’s been quite an education. I signed up for Twitter after the measles outbreak in Disneyland to join in on Wendy Swanson’s #MeaslesTruth twitterstorm to encourage families to vaccinate their children. Since that time, I have joined followed conferences from afar (which is really useful) and tweeted primarily about ...

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Measles Makes an Unwelcome Visit to Disneyland Health Alert after Disneyland linked to measles outbreak Mickey, Minnie and measles for nine Disneyland tourists The headlines from January 7th and 8th told an increasingly serious story about America’s vaccine civil war -- a story that was to explode in the weeks ahead. We’ve come to expect that kind of story to be uncovered by a major news network with expertly trained, ...

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It’s the beginning of February and this year’s residency interviews are wrapping up. It is widely known, even encouraged, that medical students change their social media profile names or deactivate their accounts while applying and interviewing for medical residencies.  David becomes AviD, Jessica is now Jes Sica, and Sarah morphs into Miss S; students are leery of admissions committees stumbling upon their accounts, changing their profile names to something that would ...

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Have you ever wondered about the behavior of surgical residents on Facebook? I have. A study from the Journal of Surgical Education posted online in June 2014 looked at the issue. The paper, "An Assessment of Unprofessional Behavior among Surgical Residents on Facebook: A Warning of the Dangers of Social Media," identified 996 surgical residents from 57 surgical residency programs in the Midwest and found that 319 (32 percent) had Facebook profiles. Most ...

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