As I will do a Master Class at Medicine X about teaching social media in health sciences, the Scope blog of Stanford Medicine asked me to do an interview about my course in which I help medical students become better at digital literacy. An excerpt:
The most important thing here is a quote I’ve been using for years: “If you want to teach me, you first have to reach me.” Therefore I love going to the platforms that my students are already using. This semester it was Facebook, and I managed to teach them and test their knowledge on that platform. It was a real win-win situation.
All medical educators should design a new approach in transmitting the knowledge to students by analyzing what they do online. We do the same thing in the offline world by coming up with new textbooks and creating engaging presentations - why would we not do that online as well?
John Brownlee at Clear.md did an interview with me in a special format. 5 questions in 5 minutes and I didn’t know about the questions in advance.
In 2008, Alain Ochoa from Diariomedico.com asked me to give him an interview via using only Twitter and we gave it a special name: Twitterview. It was fun and really challenging as I had to condense my thoughts into 140 characters.
Today, I accidentally bumped into a Wikipedia entry about Twitter usage and I found out that actually this was the world’s first twitterview ever. I couldn’t be more proud. I learn something new on Wikipedia every day. Here is the quote:
Although some sources say ABC News Correspondent George Stephanopoulos is credited with conducting the first official Twitterview in March 2009, when he spoke with Senator John McCain, the truth is there had been twitterviews with such name before. One of the first was conducted in English and later translated to Spanish by Alain Ochoa at Diariomedico.com -a Spanish healthcare news site- when he spoke to blogger/entrepreneur Bertalan Meskó (@berci) on December 10, 2008.
I was glad to accept another request for an interview for Pharmaphorum. Hannah Blake asked me about social media, my course, Webicina, open access and the future of medicine. I hope you will enjoy reading it!
Social media is continually evolving. Almost every day now sees the launch of either a new social media channel or a new phone or device to use social media on and there are always new ways of thinking about how we can best use these different channels to our advantage.
On this note, we speak with dedicated social media expert, Bertalan Mesko. Last summer, we interviewed Bertalan about his many different roles – as a medical doctor, the administrator of Wikipedia, author of Scienceroll, founder of Webicina.com and social media lecturer.
Nirav Desai at Hands on Telehealth just made a video interview with me about my views on telemedicine, social media and the course. I hope you will enjoy it.
Denise Silber, my good friend and French e-health guru, asked me some unique and personal questions and I was glad to give my answers. An excerpt:
4. When did you realize that there was another side to medicine, ie, the Web 2.0 and Social Media side, where the human factor, facilitated by technology, brings better conditions for patients?
BM: My social media “career” started with becoming active in Wikipedia in 2005, but I only realized the potential of social media in the future of medicine, when I came across the presentation of Dr. Ves Dimov who was kind enough to send it to me privately as well. I was blown away and I knew that would be my way, combining two great fields, medicine and digital technologies. After that I started giving presentations at local clinics and departments talking about how they could facilitate their workflows with social media.
The world’s most famous diabetes blogger, Kerri Morrone Sparling at Sixuntilme published an interview with me about how medical professionals and e-patients use the web, Webicina.com and my other solutions.
Berci and I ‘met’ online seven years ago, I think (which equals out to about four hundred in Internet years), and had the opportunity to toast in person a while back. I’ve been following his progression in medicine through social media, and I’m proud to be chatting with him here on SUM today, looking forward to what’s next for this socmed trailblazer.
In my new series I ask medical professionals and e-patients about how they use social media presented through practical examples and suggestions (so far: a rheumatologist, a diabetes blogger, a GP, a surgeon, ENT doc and a pediatrician answered my questions, each of them is proficient in using social media). Now please welcome Sumer Sethi, MD Radiology, prominent Blogger at Sumer Sethi, Editor-in-chief Internet Journal of Radiology & CEO at Teleradiology Providers.
- What social media channels do you use in your work and for what purposes?
In my routine day to day to practise, I regularly use social media channels like blogging, Facebook and Twitter. I use my blog http://sumerdoc.blogspot.com regularly for sharing cases seen in my practise many of which are second opinion cases. Recently I have started a Radiology Resident Club (RRC) on Facebook where in last one month around 2000 members have joined in exchanging radiology cases. My blog probably was one of the first movers in the field of Rad-Blogging and has been around since last 8 years now and is the longest running radiology blog, which thousands of visitors each day. I use my twitter account to tweet about radiology updates and my view points.
- What do your patients think about social media? Do they use it?
Sure they do nowadays. Patients surely use social media. They want to be better connected to their physician and sometimes it becomes difficult for the modern web 2.0 generation physician to draw the “line”. But here lies an opportunity for web 2.0 savvy physician to use this unique branding opportunity that this platform offers. Now in Radiology in particular we see many radiologist focussed social media as well to develop Radiologist peer interaction and case sharing.
- What social media sites do you think point towards the future of healthcare?
This is difficult question to answer, but I feel soon we will see many more social media centric healthcare websites, which will make the Physician-patient relationship more personal (atleast on the internet) and more open to each other. Social media is the Great equaliser and it offers both risks and opportunities to the physicians of the future. It will soon give them a chance to relate to the patients better and more closely with more and more healthcare centric social media sites.
Radiology and social medial selection on Webicina.com is one of the better web 2.0 resources for radiology and it helps me find carefully chosen resources from across the internet for radiology and offer an unique platform for all radiologists looking for quality resource.