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Personal reflections on exploring social media in medicine

PUBLISHED | 2015 in International Review of Psychiatry [IF: 2.24]
DOI | 10.3109/09540261.2015.1005058
AbstractSocial media is difficult to explain to a physician who has never used it. The medical literature on its pitfalls and abuses has overshadowed its positive applications and made many physicians wary of it. While I was initially reluctant to develop my own presence on social media, since embracing it as a tool for teaching and learning I have developed a different perspective. I see it as a tool that can be used positively or negatively. Much like a megaphone, it can amplify our voice so that the impact of our work can extend beyond the borders of our institutions and countries. Aided by the guidance and support of mentors who used social media before and alongside me, it has helped me to become a more competent, professional, engaged, and impactful physician. Within this article I will share my story to illustrate the many ways that social media can be used to enhance the profession of medicine.
Kavita R. Shah3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Northwestern University),
Sharon Douglas2
Estimated H-index: 2
(University of Mississippi),
Julia Halsey1
Estimated H-index: 1
(University of Missouri)
... (2 others)
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2013 in Nature [IF: 40.14]
Heather A. Piwowar17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Duke University)
A new funding policy by the US National Science Foundation represents a sea-change in how researchers are evaluated, says Heather Piwowar.
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Michael D Cadogan1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital),
Christopher P Nickson2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Alfred Hospital)
FOAM is ‘free open-access med(ical ed)ucation’. As such, FOAM is a dynamic collection of resources and tools for lifelong learning in medicine, as well as a community and an ethos. FOAM is continually evolving and growing rapidly, and from anarchic beginnings is increasingly attracting interest from practicing clinicians, trainees, educators, researchers and publishers alike. This article defines ...
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Etienne Wenger18
Estimated H-index: 18
(University of Siegen)
Prologue Part I. Practice: Introduction I 1. Meaning 2. Community 3. Learning 4. Boundary 5. Locality Coda I. Knowing in practice Part II. Identity: Introduction II 6. Identity in practice 7. Participation and non-participation 8. Modes of belonging 9. Identification and negotiability Coda II. Learning communities Conclusion: Introduction III 10. Learning architectures 11. Organizations 12. Educat...
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Deirdre Andres2
Estimated H-index: 2
Mr Thoma’s Reflections piece[1][1] and the subsequent responses highlight issues that I think are worth exploring. Medical students are faced with a difficult task. We tell them to be self-aware and to develop their abilities to use their relationships with patients as part of the therapeutic
2010 in Canadian Family Physician [IF: 1.91]
Christine Tai1
Estimated H-index: 1
I am greatly concerned with the editorial process at Canadian Family Physician that led to Mr Thoma’s article, “The other side of the speculum,”[1][1] being published in the national, professional journal of a College that purports to represent me. I refer you to the principles of family
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Viji Kurup10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Yale University),
Alex Macario41
Estimated H-index: 41
(Stanford University),
Larry F. Chu22
Estimated H-index: 22
(Stanford University)
... (2 others)
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2014 in Genome Biology [IF: 11.91]
Neil Hall35
Estimated H-index: 35
(University of Liverpool)
In the era of social media there are now many different ways that a scientist can build their public profile; the publication of high-quality scientific papers being just one. While social media is a valuable tool for outreach and the sharing of ideas, there is a danger that this form of communication is gaining too high a value and that we are losing sight of key metrics of scientific value, such...
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2014 in Medical Education [IF: 4.00]
Anne Marie Cunningham3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Cardiff University)
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2013 in Nature [IF: 40.14]
Roberta Kwok10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Indiana University Bloomington)
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2015 in Current Psychiatry Reports [IF: 3.75]
Margaret S. Chisolm14
Estimated H-index: 14
(Johns Hopkins University),
Matthew E. Peters7
Estimated H-index: 7
(Johns Hopkins University),
Elisabeth Uible1
Estimated H-index: 1
(Johns Hopkins University)
Social media tools such as blogs, microblogs, social networking sites, podcasts, and video-sharing sites are now ubiquitous. These tools enable instantaneous interactions with a global community of individuals, including medical professionals, learners, and patients. An understanding of social media tools and how they can be used by psychiatrists is increasingly important. This review defines some...
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Brent Thoma13
Estimated H-index: 13
(University of Saskatchewan),
Neil Mehta11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine),
Teresa M. Chan12
Estimated H-index: 12
(McMaster University)
... (4 others)
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