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UAB Clinicians You Should be Following on Twitter: Part II
Twitter makes it easy for medical professionals to stake out a piece of the social media landscape to promote their disciplines, tout personal and institutional successes, and spread awareness on topics that are near and dear to them. Many UAB Medicine clinicians are making excellent use of Twitter, so we interviewed five active and widely followed users about their Twitter presence. If you aren’t already following them, you should be!
Todd P. McCarty, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Twitter Handle: @TMcCarty2010 (267 followers/5,603 tweets)
How He Uses Twitter:
I have a special interest in medical education. I’ve been using Twitter as a means of finding new teaching projects and talking with trainees and students about how social media can be a beneficial place for the dissemination of new information and networking. I began using Twitter primarily as a medium to follow certain sports teams (especially UAB, Go Blazers!), however the past year I have increasingly been using it for medical purposes. It is a fantastic way of interacting with new people, learning about new research, and discussing problems and ideas in a public forum.
Anupam Agarwal, MD
Executive Vice Dean, UAB School of Medicine; Director, Division of Nephrology; Marie S. Ingalls Endowed Chair in Nephrology Leadership
Twitter Handle: @anupamuab (726 followers/1,058 tweets)
How He Uses Twitter:
To highlight and communicate major events from the UAB School of Medicine, to communicate advances in research pertaining to kidney disease, and to share key accomplishments from our NIH-funded George M. O'Brien Kidney Research Center and the UAB Nephrology Research and Training Center. As a member of the Council for the American Society of Nephrology, I also use Twitter to spread important information regarding policies, educational opportunities, and other major activities of the Society.
Brenessa Lindeman, MD, MEHP
Assistant Professor of Surgery and Medical Education, Division of Surgical Oncology; Associate Designated Institutional Official for the Clinical Learning Environment; Associate Program Director for General Surgery; Associate Fellowship Director for Endocrine Surgery
Twitter Handle: @BrenessaL (649 followers/411 tweets)
How She Uses Twitter:
There are three primary reasons I use Twitter:
1) To keep up with advances in surgery and medical education. I follow journals that relate to my specialty and scholarly interests and often find articles that I may not have picked up on if left to just the journal table of contents. Even better now that many are doing #visualabstracts!
2) To raise awareness about important medical conditions that I and my partners can address, as well as working with our national societies, such as the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons @TheAAES.
3) To read thought-provoking commentary and make personal connections with leaders in different fields across the country. There really is a network of #SoMe (social media) users with whom you develop relationships, and it’s always fun to meet these individuals in real life at meetings!
As far as my own tweets go, I like to promote important medical issues – like how September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness month #checkyourthyroid – as well as new advances in the fields of endocrine surgery and medical/surgical education, including #physicianwellbeing.
Daniel I. Chu, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery; Medical and Quality Officer for General Surgery; Associate Scientist, Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center (MHRC); Co-Director, Surgical Innovations and Research Core (SIRC)
Twitter Handle: @DChu80 (695 followers/1,428 tweets)
How He Uses Twitter:
Through Twitter, you can see what's going on at academic meetings (without actually being there), quickly browse through journal articles (with hyperlinks to full articles), and learn about new ideas/research concepts. It's also a really constructive, efficient, and positive way to network with people from around the world. Personally, I like to tweet about UAB Surgery (I admit that I am heavily biased) and love sharing the fine work and accomplishments of our many talented staff and trainees. From grand rounds and visiting professors to research papers and talks, I like to give readers who have never been to Alabama a sense of what is going on in .
Stefan Kertesz, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine
Twitter Handle: @StefanKertesz (4,969 followers/11,300 tweets)
How He Uses Twitter:
I have taken on a focus on addiction, pain, and opioid policy through Twitter. I have not only tweeted about this issue but also published peer-reviewed articles and articles for the lay press (Slate.com, The Hill, The Wall Street Journal, Health Affairs Blog, AL.com) and given talks across the country. Notably, we engaged over 200 signatories in a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in March 2018, getting coverage on the front page of The New York Times and resulting in changes to policy.
The Twitter stats cited are as of Jan. 8, 2019.
Disclaimer: All UAB Medicine employees must adhere to the social media policy. Questions about social media guidelines and best practices should be directed to UAB Medicine Marketing and Communications.
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