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When did Twitter start to enter the medical mainstream?
An argument can be made that the moment came in September during the 5th World Congress on Social Media, Mobile Apps, Internet/Web 2.0 at Harvard Medical School, when two of the most active and cited tweeters were MDs. This was no mean feat, given that the conference, which attracted 500 delegates from 36 countries and produced several thousand tweets (#med), trended as one of the top subjects of interest worldwide Sept. 15 and 16.
In addition to tweeting nonstop during the conference, Dr. Alex Djuricich (@medpedsdoctor), associate dean of continuing medical education at Indiana University, and Dr. Ryan Madanick (@RyanMadanickMD), a gastroenterologist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, participated actively in live discussions.
Djuricich described his use of Twitter during grand rounds, while Madanick participated in a panel discussion on the value of Twitter in medical education and as a life-long learning tool. "The collaborations that have emerged as a result of Twitter and Medicine 2.0 will be priceless," Madanick wrote later in his blog.
Twitter also has its share of skeptics within the medical community, although Dr. Ronan Kavanagh, an Irish rheumatologist and active blogger and tweeter, was quick to challenge them. "As someone who spends a lot of his time on Twitter, it hurts to think that the majority of my colleagues might think I am wasting my time," he wrote.
That comment was prompted by a tweet from the conference, which noted that an audience member said a survey of his large medical practice found that 86% of physicians feel participating in social media is a waste of time.
"Engaging in health-related activities on social media channels is the most important thing I have done for my medical life since completing my specialist training," Kavanagh responded. "It has renewed my fascination for health care in a way I haven't felt since I was a medical student, and doing so has undoubtedly quelled a mid-life ennui with my career.
"It has transformed the way I learn - I had all but stopped learning - and introduced me to new and interesting friends." (...)
Via Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek, Camilo Erazo