Category Archives: Socialized Medicine

NephMadness: An Experiment in #MedEd and #HCSM

By Joel Topf, MD Social media is proliferating. More and more of our real-life experiences are being enhanced by social apps. We tweet about sports and entertainment; Instagram our meals; and announce our relationships, births, and deaths on Facebook. Social … Continue reading

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Curating Content via Social Media: A New Role for Physicians

By Matt Hawkins, MD Social media in health care is all the rage. Set up a Twitter account, get a Facebook page—heck, even start a Pinterest account for your office or group. Mix it together with a little video content, … Continue reading

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Innovative Undergrad Course at Rice: Applying Design Thinking to Health Care Problems

First in a series By Jennifer J. Salopek Three weeks ago, at a restaurant in Houston, the solution to a major health care problem may have germinated. Around a table were gathered Michael Fisch, MD, chair of the Department of … Continue reading

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Every Public Physician Is a Brand

By Bryan Vartabedian, MD The more public we become, the more we become defined by how we appear to those around us. Consequently, every doctor has a brand. But how can that be? Everybody knows brands are for potato chips … Continue reading

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Top 10 Posts of 2013

In case you missed them, here is a roundup of our Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2013: 1. Proposed U.S. Allopathic and Medical Schools, by James E. Lewis, Ph.D. 2. Matching the Unmatched: The Role of the Medical Student Career Advisor, … Continue reading

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Five Topics I Avoid as a Social Physician

By Bryan Vartabedian, MD Transparency is king.  The more you share the better you look.  But you need rules. Here are a few things you won’t find in my Twitter stream: Beer. I once spoke at a meeting out of town … Continue reading

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How to Think About Negative Online Reviews

By Bryan Vartabedian, MD Doctors are preoccupied with consumer review sites and the potential for bad press. Often the first impulse is to put the law on your side. Sue the rating site or the patient and the problem will be fixed. … Continue reading

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Flexibility: A Necessary Skill of the 21st Century Doctor

By Bryan Vartabedian, MD When medicine visionary Eric Topol spoke at Baylor College of Medicine in 2012, a faculty member asked him, “What will be the most important quality of a physician in the digital age?” Topol promptly responded, “Flexibility.” … Continue reading

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Social Media: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

By Bryan Vartabedian, MD When we think about the boundaries of communication technology and social media, we tend to put students, residents, and faculty into the same bucket. Policies for one are the policies for the others. But these are … Continue reading

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It’s No Longer About You

By Bryan Vartabedian, MD Earlier this month, I spoke to the assembled incoming residents at Baylor College of Medicine about the importance of their public presence. The talk centered around a couple of core points: how to avoid some of … Continue reading

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