If you’ve scrolled through social media lately, you’ve undoubtedly encountered a swirl of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. In one video, a young woman gets a COVID-19 vaccine, and within a few hours, begins climbing the walls of her room as if possessed by a demon. Another one shows a young man shaking uncontrollably in the middle of the night, with vomit all over his face, after receiving the vaccine earlier ...

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The roll-out of the COVID vaccine, which started in the U.S. recently, brought hope to millions of Americans reeling under the protracted coronavirus pandemic. The phrase "this is the beginning of the end" was used repeatedly by interviewed vaccinated individuals and health care officials as well as in the news media to express a sigh of relief at the end of the pandemic being within sight. With over ...

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COVID-19 has forever changed science. There have been many positives. The virus has forced us to question long-held notions in immunology, virology, and critical care, improving our ability to battle disease. There have been brilliant expressions of creativity and ingenuity. The creation of a new vaccine in less than a year is a true wonder to behold in the history of man. There have also been negatives. Unclear messaging and ...

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"When it comes to social media, embrace a micromedia mindset. That means sharing entertaining, informative content that provides value. Think of yourself as the editor of your newspaper. Newspapers include various content: current events, interviews, information and research, op-eds, and more. Some of these are news-driven — like current events and information ...

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Dr. Todd Wolynn, a Pittsburgh pediatrician, feels so strongly about this that he made the statement twice while speaking at the recent annual Canadian Immunization Conference. “You’re abandoning your patients and leaving them open to an incredible amount of disinformation if you don’t get involved on social media,” he said, the second time, during a session on countering the anti-vaccination movement. At the session, Dr. Wolynn was accompanied by Dr. Philipp ...

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As of November 2020, there are about 11.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,50,000 deaths from COVID-19 disease in the USA. Conspiracy theories thrive in times of great uncertainty, and the COVID-19 pandemic has proven to be a petri dish for them. Misinformation regarding the usage of masks, vaccine safety, and other pseudoscientific theories are thriving on the internet. Many doctors, nurses, and other health care ...

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"While our bodies have been a bastion of the heart and soul of medicine, a group of our peers thought it was acceptable to diminish the capabilities of our bodies to pictures on social media. They thought our ability to be exceptional physicians was inversely proportional to the number of pictures that showed us holding a drink or wearing a bikini. Our ...

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"Advocacy by moms is not new, but advocacy by physicians has been less common. Moms have been fierce advocates on a variety of causes ranging from Mothers Against Drunk Driving to Moms Demand Action, the anti-gun violence mom activist group led by Shannon Watts that has now helped launch moms into public office. As physician moms navigating a global pandemic, we are invested in ...

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We see examples of personal branding every day on TV and social media. Sometimes these catch our attention, and sometimes they annoy us. That's the thing about personal branding: it can be trustworthy or cringe-worthy. While personal branding may look many ways, it can broaden the impact of your mission and purpose when done well. Approaching personal branding through a mission-driven lens spotlights ideas over egos and purpose over promotion. By personally ...

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We are living in profoundly confusing times. Even as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, the endless stream of mixed messages from government officials results in vast interpretations of what one can and cannot do during a pandemic. Although we have been advised by the CDC to socially distance, wear masks, and stay home when possible, videos and photos posted on social media reveal an unfortunate reality: many ...

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So long as you are trying to fit in, you will never feel like you belong. When the travesty of a “research” publication titled, “Prevalence of Unprofessional Social Media Content Among Young Vascular Surgeons” seemingly metastasized overnight into what will forever be immortalized as the sordid saga that unwittingly catapulted the hashtag #medbikini all across the internet ether, in every way possible this “study” exposed the unsavory truth about the still ...

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It's not every day you see hundreds of doctors flooding Twitter with pictures of themselves in swimwear. The trending hashtag #MedBikini arose when health care professionals began posting in solidarity to demonstrate how maintaining a life outside of the clinic, shockingly, does not detract from one's merit as a physician. In fact, it makes them more human. This past week, an article published in the Journal of Vascular ...

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#Medbikini started trending on twitter after a scientifically written article published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Vascular Surgery examined social network behavior.  The article entitled, "Prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young vascular surgeons," intended to objectively and scientifically provide answers to "evaluate the extent of unprofessional social media content among recent vascular surgery residents and fellows." In short, social media accounts were created by investigators and then used ...

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I am an avid social media user, and a news junkie who watches news religiously, even when the same stories are being recycled every hour and on every major news outlet. I am a proud member of Generation X, the generation that did not grow up with the internet and read the news the old fashioned way, every morning with my parents, sharing their favorite newspapers and magazines. Several decades ...

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It’s simple: we need more physicians in media and politics. COVID-19 has proven to be a crash course in the practical application of microbiological, pathophysiological, clinical, statistical, and ethical principles. As a newly graduated MD preparing to enter residency, I spend my mornings filtering through recent journal correspondence, case reports, observational studies, and randomized control trials in order to form and refine a professional opinion on this dynamic and challenging ...

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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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In family medicine residency back in the early 2000s, we had a then-novel curriculum in narrative medicine. During inpatient rounds, we would sometimes get a few minutes to write down our thoughts about a patient's experience. I remember how cathartic even refreshing at times that felt, to write my feelings about my first patient on the wards with severe heart failure or that sweet toddler I had to put an ...

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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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I'm excited to introduce my Facebook group for physicians, Physician voice by KevinMD. I went into social media so our voices can be heard. During my 15-year (and counting!) journey, it's been so rewarding to see that our voices aren't just being heard. They're making a difference. Topics will include any issue that impacts physicians: practice management, social media ...

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