#ACR16 Tweetup – Washington D.C.

Paul SufkaAnnouncements, Conferences, Education, Social Media


“Social media is not a fad because it’s human.” — Gary Vaynerchuk (@garyvee)

#ACR16 Tweetup

  • When: Sunday, November 13 from 4:30–6:00 PM
  • Where: West Overlook – 2nd Floor – Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • Who: Everyone!
  • Official session overview: The tweet up is an informal event without an agenda organized by ACR members. It is an opportunity for members who engage on Twitter to meet face-to-face. All annual meeting attendees are welcome to participate. The tweet up is designed to facilitate personal connections within the international rheumatology community.

Twitter continues to be the gold standard social media tool for physician lifelong learning, which I’ve spoken about earlier this year at the 2016 ACR Program Directors’ Conference: Using Twitter in Medical Education.

The use of social media in medicine has continued to mature. Major medical meetings now have social media as a centerpiece for discussion, indexed on Symplur’s Healthcare Hashtag Project. Online journal clubs have organized, such as our very own #RheumJC, holding monthly sessions with participation of authors to directly answer questions about their articles.

(Shameless plug: come check out our poster #1145 on Monday, November 14, 2016 in the poster hall: #Rheumjc: Impact of Invited Authors on a Twitter Based Rheumatology Journal Club.)

From a recent blog post by Symplur:

There is a growing interest in documenting the use of Twitter at medical meetings. “Tweeting the meeting” has many benefits, including enhancing the educational experience of meeting attendees, disseminating content to those not in attendance (physicians, patients, general public and the media), and increasing the visibility of the medical organization. While still seen by many as frivolous, an increasing number of physicians and organizations understand the real value that comes from an active social media presence during conferences.

A great primer for rheumatologists new to Twitter was presented at the ACR 2014 Social Media Bootcamp:

Looking forward to seeing everyone again at the Tweetup!