Look me up. I’m on Twitter (@MattDynamic). This isn’t particularly remarkable. In fact, there are 313 million other active Twitter users. But for me, it is remarkable and a major departure from my past behavior. As a resident, I am bombarded by messages about the dangers of Twitter and, more broadly, social media. I have sat through many HIPAA and human resource meetings with dire warnings to not post ...

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During sports physical appointments, I routinely address preventive health topics that range from asking about alcohol, drugs, and sexuality, to addressing accident prevention and updating immunizations.  At one such appointment recently, a young male teen was due for two routine vaccines.  The mother accompanying him had no concerns about one of the vaccines, but expressed concern about the other. A friend had recently shared information on Facebook about how the ...

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When it comes to social media, oversharing is the new norm. When #flu season comes around, everyone on Twitter becomes inundated with talk of runny noses, strangers sneezing on their morning commute bus ride, and avoidance of the airport. People update their statuses on their interactions, frustrations, struggles and even locations. When a friend is not feeling well, they may post about it on social media and get an instant ...

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In the hallway the other day a colleague stopped me and said, "Hey, do you want to see something funny?" "Sure," I said, and he showed me the YouTube video called "How Anti-Vaxxers Sound to Normal People."  The video highlighted that those who choose not to vaccinate themselves or their children do so for reasons that do not make sense, and frankly seem somewhat absurd.  It is a very ...

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There’s an old saying from the country where my mother was born relating to certain situations in which we are helpless. “You have to prove your sister is a not prostitute when you don’t even have a sister.” It seemed rough to me at first, when I heard it. But when I gave it some thought, it actually made sense and scared me at the same time. I woke up this ...

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It’s no secret that social media has now consumed most of our lives. It’s everywhere and there’s really no avoiding it. Don’t get me wrong, social media is a powerful tool and when used appropriately a lot of good things can come out of it. For instance, as a medical student who moved from New York to Los Angeles, it helps me stay connected to my loved ones back home. However, ...

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asco-logo I have been drawn to social media (SM) both personally and professionally for many years now, but I still feel like an outlier in using it professionally. There have been ASCO education sessions on this topic, educational book articles, publications, and the like, but many of these take the approach that people don’t really understand SM and what ...

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Whether big questions or small, medically related or otherwise, social media users love to take their ponderings and perplexities to their friends to gather advice. Certainly, social media is a great place to poll opinions about the latest movie or book. Sure, some might find asking friends for medical advice online easier than going to the doctor. Some might even feel that this collective problem solving protects them if they believe ...

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Patricia Bach, a geriatric psychology colleague who is active in social media, recently emailed me a question: How to encourage more clinicians in geriatrics and long-term care to use social media? In particular, she asked me “What do you feel is the ROI for geriatricians to use social media/networking in their professional roles?” This is an interesting question to consider. After all, we have a limited number of geriatricians available for a growing older ...

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Comments have again morphed into an essay. And, once again, they’re in response to a blog post by Dr. Suneel Dhand: When it comes to positive change, physicians are their own worst enemy. I thought it was excellent and spot-on. My first comment read in part:

When reading this post -- before I read the comments -- I found myself silently nodding ... maybe because I agree with much ...

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