What social media platform should doctors use first?

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Which social media platform should doctors use first?

My recommendations are LinkedIn or Doximity. These are professional social networking sites where a profile on one of these sites is no more than a digital translation of your résumé.

There are some differences between the two.

I think LinkedIn generally gets ranked higher on Google searches, but Doximity has staff members who can enter your CV into their system for you. It’s a great time saver.

Also, Doximity profiles get simulcasted on a U.S. News & World Report website, and that’s like getting two profiles for the price of one. So, my recommendations for your first social media platform: LinkedIn or Doximity.

Better yet, do both.

Kevin Pho is an internal medicine physician and co-author of Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices. He is on the editorial board of contributors, USA Today, and is founder and editor, KevinMD.com, also on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn.

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