Twitter as a tool for communication and knowledge exchange in academic medicine: A guide for skeptics and novices

Esther K. Choo, Megan L. Ranney, Teresa M. Chan, N. Seth Trueger, Amy E. Walsh, Ken Tegtmeyer, Shannon O. McNamara, Ricky Y. Choi, Christopher L. Carroll

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Abstract

Twitter is a tool for physicians to increase engagement of learners and the public, share scientific information, crowdsource new ideas, conduct, discuss and challenge emerging research, pursue professional development and continuing medical education, expand networks around specialized topics and provide moral support to colleagues. However, new users or skeptics may well be wary of its potential pitfalls. The aims of this commentary are to discuss the potential advantages of the Twitter platform for dialogue among physicians, to explore the barriers to accurate and high-quality healthcare discourse and, finally, to recommend potential safeguards physicians may employ against these threats in order to participate productively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)411-416
Number of pages6
JournalMedical Teacher
Volume37
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

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  • Education

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    Choo, E. K., Ranney, M. L., Chan, T. M., Trueger, N. S., Walsh, A. E., Tegtmeyer, K., McNamara, S. O., Choi, R. Y., & Carroll, C. L. (2015). Twitter as a tool for communication and knowledge exchange in academic medicine: A guide for skeptics and novices. Medical Teacher, 37(5), 411-416. https://doi.org/10.3109/0142159X.2014.993371