My interview about using social media in medical communication was just published. I was fighting serious jet lag that time, but I hope the conversation turned out to be useful and interesting.
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David F. Carr at InformationWeek asked me for an interview and he had great questions about my social media activities as a doctor, the book I wrote, my new position as a medical futurist and the course I teach at the medical school and online.
Here is the interview, Medicine Must Get Social, and an excerpt:
That’s what Bertalan Mesko aims to do with The Social MEDia Course, a series of online tutorials, as well as his book Social Media in Clinical Practice, published in August. As he argues in the book, “The only way to fight against pseudoscience and medical quackery is to take control of publishing medical information on the Web.” Doctors need to be on social media to develop and protect their own reputations, as well as to understand the resources available and how they can be used or misused, he says. His book catalogs many types of social media and gives specific advice, such as a recommendation to turn down patient “friend” requests on Facebook unless that social profile is used solely for professional rather than personal interaction.
The brainchild of two leading entrepreneurs in Digital Health, Drake Pruitt and Maneesh Juneja, MD Global Health was designed from the start to discover what’s happening in 192 countries around the globe. Frustrated by the emphasis from the media on covering innovation in the US and Europe, Drake and Maneesh want to deliver podcasts that educate, motivate and inspire you.
Integrating social media into the health sector has always been a controversial subject and one that has polarized opinion amongst health professionals worldwide. To provide an insight, we set up a one-off interview with medical futurist, Dr Bertalan Mesko, who speaks globally about issues relating to social media in medicine.
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?
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.