Social Media in Medicine - Minneapolis VA Grand Rounds

Paul Sufka

My Affiliations and Disclosures. My Journey on social media: Tweetup at the 2011 ACR Scientific Meeting in Chicago. Social Media and the Tweetups at #ACR13. #ACR14 Follow Up: Social Media Bootcamp, Tweetup, Podcasts, and #RheumJC Beginnings. #RheumJC. ACR Committees. dotMD Conference in Dublin. Advocating for Rheumatology. The Rheumatologist: Fellows Forum: Helpful Twitter Follows & Chats for Fellows in Training. @ACR_Journals … Read More

Launching @ACR_Journals Account as Social Media Editor

Paul Sufka

I’m honored to announce that I’ll be working as social media editor for the newly formed @ACR_Journals social media account on Twitter, curating online content for the official American College of Rheumatology Journals: Arthritis & Rheumatology, Arthritis Care & Research, and the soon to be launched (on March 15th), ACR Open Rheumatology. A great portion of my personal rheumatology knowledge … Read More

My Top Priorities at a Medical Meeting

Paul Sufka

“It is not that we have a short time to live, but that we waste a lot of it.” — Seneca This year will be the tenth consecutive American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting that I have been able to attend. Each year, I have spent time prior to each meeting thinking about how to best optimize my time there, … Read More

Rheumatology Mastermind Group on Slack

Paul Sufka

“Make no small plans” — attributed to Daniel Burnham The field of medicine can be isolating in many ways — especially in that it can be difficult to identify peers who have had similar specialized training, and are therefore going through similar difficulties. After a recent discussion on Twitter, we’re starting a private Rheum-mastermind group on Slack. According to wikipedia, … Read More

Books Worth Reading a Second Time

Paul Sufka

“We should be choosing what to keep, not what to get rid of.” – Marie Kondo Here’s the short list of books that I finished in 2017 that I though were so good that I read them a second time: When Breath Becomes Air by Dr. Paul Kalanithi The life wisdom shared by the brilliant writer and neurosurgeon, Dr. Paul … Read More

HealthPartners Orthopedic Surgery Grand Rounds: Rheumatology Update

Paul Sufka

Download PDF of slides (1.3 MB). References: Arthritis Care & Research: 2017 American College of Rheumatology/ American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Guideline for the Perioperative Management of Antirheumatic Medication in Patients With Rheumatic Diseases Undergoing Elective Total Hip or Total Knee Arthroplasty Schairer WW, et al. Preoperative Hip Injections Increase the Rate of Periprosthetic Infection After Total Hip … Read More

Talking with your Family and Friends about Inflammatory Arthritis

Paul Sufka

A common frustration expressed by patients in my clinic with rheumatoid arthritis (and other types of inflammatory arthritis) is that their family and friends have very little grasp of what is occurring to them, often with significant misconceptions. Family and friends want to help, but struggle to understand what they can do, feeling lost. They try to be sympathetic to … Read More

2016 Book and Documentary Recommendations

Paul Sufka

Painting: Renoir, Pierre-Auguste. (1880-1). Luncheon of the Boating Party, Washington DC: The Phillips Collection. “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson I initially set myself the goal of reading one book per week for 2016, and although a pair of books I’ll mention … Read More

Three Steps to Keep Up With Twitter at a Major Medical Meeting

Paul Sufka

Image by AaronMosh7 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. “Consider getting smaller in order to get bigger.” — Sir Richard Branson Many people feel a bit of overwhelm at the idea of using social media during a medical meeting. These same people are recognizing the many benefits of using social media: connecting with others, actively learning, and promoting … Read More

What I’m Looking Forward to at #ACR16

Paul Sufka

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” — Benjamin Franklin The ACR Annual Meeting (#ACR16) is such a huge event that it’s worth your time to spend an hour or two planning your time at the meeting. (I highly suggest Dr. Philip Gardiner’s post: How to make the most of a … Read More