Susanna Harris was sitting in her lab class for her graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she received an email that told her she had failed what she describes as “the most important exam in grad school,” the doctoral qualifying exam. She took the rest of the day off, went home, and baked cookies. Harris continued with her regular schedule: lab, work, home, repeat. Everything ...

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Many people use reviews to help decide how to choose products and services. However, it is not widely known that an online physician review may not reflect what we think it does. I thought about sharing this information before — but now it is time. Recently, a frustrated patient called my office to schedule an appointment. She simply wanted a doctor who did not have awful online reviews. Seriously? This is truly a sad state ...

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I am at a conference that is encouraging physicians to engage in social media. This is something I was always a proponent of. I felt strongly that as physicians, we help set the tone of accurate medical information. Especially now in this age of disinformation and "alternative facts," our voices are crucial. I used to be an active Twitter user. I had 21,000 followers and was verified — with a blue ...

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"Mens sana, in corpore sano," goes the old Latin saying. "A healthy mind in a healthy body."  It’s vital that way pay proper attention not only to our physical existence but to our minds and souls; to the intangible but essential part of who we are. While I write a lot about things we need to do to keep our bodies healthy, it’s important to remember that our eyes and minds ...

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An opinion article was recently published in Stat by Daniel Sokol, PhD, who is a London-based bioethicist and lawyer specializing in medical law. His article, entitled "Doctors should use social media with restraint," discusses the role of doctors on social media. This was very interesting timing for me as I have only very recently embarked on a professional online presence. Mr. Sokal uses Sir William Osler as ...

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Pseudoscience hate groups of all kinds are targeting physicians who openly advocate for public health issues. This is a favorite intimidation tactic used by anti-vaccine activists: When pediatrician colleague Jen Trachtenberg posted a video for National Immunization Awareness Month 2018, she was blasted with thousands of horrible comments and fake online reviews. I wrote a blog post in her defense, and immediately, I was similarly ...

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As first reported by The Wall Street Journal late last month, the war against anti-vaccination propaganda now has a new battlefront. Pinterest, the social-media platform where users discover images and information, has begun blocking vaccine-related search terms on its site. Anti-vaccine content contradicts evidence-based science and established research, the company told WSJ, while cautioning that the search ban is only 
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Since finishing my medical training recently, many of my friends have embraced their newfound freedom as attendings in traditional ways: reviving long-neglected hobbies, finally exercising regularly, enjoying more time with loved ones. Me? I joined Twitter. It may seem like a strange step, but after years of caution regarding the perils of social media as a physician (and more specifically, as a child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist), it was only once I ...

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This article is sponsored by Careers by KevinMD.com. We live in a time when social media isn’t just about sharing pictures or ideas with a close circle of friends and family. Between our Facebook statuses, our Twitter profiles and especially our LinkedIn pages, we are always public, all the time — no matter what your privacy settings may have you believe. For ...

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I started sharing my journey through medicine on Instagram about four years ago after I failed the musculoskeletal block during my first year of medical school. I felt alone in my struggles and didn't want anyone else to feel that way. So I started talking about it openly. It quickly became a place to nurture my creative self and build community. And even though a lot ...

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