Online Reputation – No Cure for Bad Medicine

June 4, 2014

I know a doctor of ill-repute.  He spends his days worrying about his online reputation.  In the doctor’s lounge between bites he pimps me on the latest service for righting the wrongs of an increasingly public world. “So V, (om nom nom) tell me what you (om nom nom) think of  (om nom nom)? […]

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Omnifocus 2 for Mac | Organization Redefined

June 2, 2014

The biggest professional challenge I face is time management.  I cringe at process and all things operational.  Anyone who knows me understands that I struggle even with email.  I’d rather occupy my time with bigger, broader things. But reality dictates that in order to create the time to do the things I love, I have […]

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Why are there so many social ER doctors?

May 31, 2014

After a recent presentation on social physicians, someone asked why there were so many emergency medicine physicians on blogs and social media?  Good question.  From content to conversation, ER docs are heavily represented in public spaces.  And it’s as much about passion and participation as raw numbers on any given platform. What is it about […]

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Do You Have an Audience?

May 23, 2014

I came across this tweet this morning from digital health mogul Chris Boyer.  He got me thinking. It’s interesting how we all see the terms of public dialog.  Of course, when I hear follower, I think Jim Jones and Kool-Aid. I get the audience concern.  We once lived in a world of audience and broadcaster. […]

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How Twitter has Changed

May 3, 2014

On a recent Stanford MedX Google Hangout I was asked how Twitter had changed since I began using it in 2008. Initially it was relatively private and consisted of a patchwork of organic microconversations for those who chose to sign on.  It seemed to be more conversation than curation and sharing.  It felt edgy and […]

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Medical Leaders will Think Out Loud

April 10, 2014

The public space is where knowledge, information and conversation now collide.  It’s where we should be.  The evolution of our profession in a networked world must involve attention to how we think and share in the great wide open. In fact, a defining feature of a leader in the digital age will be the capacity […]

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What is Content?

April 9, 2014

The word content is used a lot surrounding online communication.  A colleague recently asked me to define content.  After thinking about it, here’s what I came up with: Content is retrievable information that can be consumed.  It’s stuff that can be heard, seen, shared, curated and commented upon. Content is a human creation, something translated […]

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Worms and The Huffington Post

March 28, 2014

This Huffington Post on worms is interesting.  Even if you’re not into parasites, it’s worth thinking about.  Written by Baylor College of Medicine’s Peter Hotez, it showcases how physicians can and should translate what they know for general consumption. As the founder of one of the country’s most prestigious schools of tropical medicine, Dr. Hotez is […]

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Context Collapse and the Public Physician

March 27, 2014

It used to be clear where we were.  When we were in a patient room we carried ourselves one way.  In church or temple, we behaved a different way.  With old friends and family, the limitations and boundaries were different. How we should be has traditionally been defined by where we were and who we […]

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The Value of Sharing Links We Haven’t Read

March 15, 2014

Try this experiment: Take a impactful message from a source, boil it down to 140 characters, then share it on Twitter with a broken link.  Lots of folks will  share your link. Sharing unseen links is a new kind of exhibitionism that’s had a lot of play recently.  It’s an interesting phenomenon.  But I wonder […]

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