“How can you squander even one more day not taking advantage of the greatest shifts of our generation? How dare you settle for less when the world has made it so easy for you to be remarkable?” – Seth Godin
Welcome to anyone who is here after reading the article “A Rheumatologist’s Tips for Tweeting and Blogging” in the June 2013 issue of The Rheumatologist. Thanks for checking out my blog!
A few of my favorite posts to introduce you to my blog:
- Learning From the Extremes in Medicine – Why we should actively seek out extreme situations in medicine and learn from them.
- Optimizing Your Meeting Experiences – Make sure you meet other people when attending national meetings: you’ll remember these experiences more anything else.
- Applying the Pareto Principle (80/20 Rule) to Rheumatology – My take on the the 20% of rheumatology that I think is the most high yield for those outside of rheumatology to understand
- Flat Design and EMRs – What is flat design and why efforts to make EMRs mimic paper charts may be making usability and understanding worse.
My main other project online is The Rheumatology Podcast, where I am one of three other co-hosts of a biweekly audio discussion regarding rheumatology and technology topics. Episodes are also available on iTunes. I would greatly appreciate it if you would check it out!
Twitter has been a great way for me to connect with many other rheumatologists and other physicians all over the world, many of whom I have been able to meet at national ACR meetings. I wrote a three part series of blog posts regarding rheumatologists from around the world that I have interacted with online.
Twitter is also greatly useful in ongoing medical education. At the time of writing this post, I have been actively following a number of rheumatologist tweeting updates from EULAR 2013 in Madrid (June 12-15, 2013).
If for no other reason, physicians should become involved in social media because there are two realities regarding your online reputation, as Dr. Bryan Vartabedian points out,:
1. You have no control over what people say
2. You have 100% control of the story you createHow to control reputation online
I strongly advocate for starting your own website or blog, even if used for nothing more than having your name on the internet with your clinic contact information. A simple way to create your own website was posted on our podcast website and was discussed on episode 6 of our podcast.