For years I have argued that doctors need webspace to park their ideas. A place that is relatively permanent. A place with an address where ideas can live and people can go. A place to call your own. This should be the home base of your digital map. But in 2020 few doctors maintain sites that are their own. Ideas have taken the shape of Twitter threads — long ... Continue Reading about Doctors Need a Webspace to Call Home
TikTok Health Champions and Skeptics
TikTok health champions and skeptics are haggling on MedTwitter over its worthiness as a platform. It started with some bad physician actors posting stuff that was disrespectful to patients. The disagreement looks something like this: TikTok health skeptics say it’s a place where bad things happen. TikTok health champions argue that pinheads are not platform ... Continue Reading about TikTok Health Champions and Skeptics
Doctors and the Media: Why Can’t Physicians See Their Role?
This tweet about doctors and the media from Dr. Aaron Carroll made me think: Just spent 15 minutes talking on background to a reporter who was thinking of writing a story in an area I'd written on previously, and I don't understand why researchers and physicians are so reticent to talk to the media. This is how knowledge gets out there. The problem is that ... Continue Reading about Doctors and the Media: Why Can’t Physicians See Their Role?
Google Always Has a First Page About You
I remember speaking to the graduating class of medical students at Baylor College of Medicine. After a rousing group discussion over a number of interesting social media dilemmas, one budding orthopod chimed in that he was opting out of a public presence. He was going to stay quietly below the Google radar, he reassured me in front of his classmates. It was one of ... Continue Reading about Google Always Has a First Page About You
Writing as Public Process, Not Product
A reader asked me to expand on a tweet that I sent last week. It was part of a thread about doctors, peer review and publishing. I was building the point that we now publish for reasons other that the creation of polished journal articles. Certain kinds of public thinking are a key element in the development of ideas. The democratization of media has created new ... Continue Reading about Writing as Public Process, Not Product
Medical AXIOMS – Interview with Mark Reid, MD
If you’re a physician who uses Twitter, you’ve probably seen tweets from Medical Axioms. Medical Axioms is a Twitter-based collection of wit and wisdom created by Dr. Mark Reid, a Colorado-based Hospitalist. As simple as his wisdom may be, Medical Axioms gets amazing engagement with RTs and likes sometimes numbering in the thousands. Beyond just metrics, you get ... Continue Reading about Medical AXIOMS – Interview with Mark Reid, MD