“Why Do You Tweet, Anyway?” A Glance Into #MedEd Tweeting

Originally posted to AM Rounds on June 11, 2015

By Alireza Jalali, MD, Andrew Micieli, MMI, and Jason R. Frank, MD

socialized_medicineA common question asked of many medical educators seen tweeting in the wild is “Why do you tweet?” There are a few main reasons why Twitter is such a popular tool among medical educators, including: advocacy, teaching, immersion, and professional networking.

For a physician, Twitter is a great place for health advocacy and education of the general public. It can be used as a platform for discussing medical issues (e.g., vaccination), debating, and gathering public opinions. It can provide a transparent platform to advocate for a public cause directed at politicians, industry leaders, or pharmaceutical companies. It can also be used to facilitate connecting with others who have similar interests, promote one’s area of expertise, and find other researchers to discuss research plans, network, etc. In this way, physicians like Michael Evans have an enormous worldwide public impact. Continue reading “Why Do You Tweet, Anyway?” A Glance Into #MedEd Tweeting

Why Academic Medical Centers Should Be on Twitter. Right Now.

Originally posted June 6, 2015

By Steve Christiansen, MD

socialized_medicineEver since I began residency I have been encouraging, prodding, and at times, persistently pestering department leadership of my belief that our ophthalmology department should have a dedicated Twitter feed. After months of persistence combined with good timing and supportive leadership, the Twitter feed was finally launched on June 1, 2015 for the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, with the Twitter handle, @UIowaEye.

Let me explain why academic centers and departments should join Twitter. Continue reading Why Academic Medical Centers Should Be on Twitter. Right Now.

Final Days, or Dawn of a New Age for Academic Medicine?



Originally posted June 9, 2015

By Kirsten Stewart

A dying beast? Fated for extinction? Dead on arrival? The recent musings of industry analysts about the future of academic medical centers (AMCs) inspire more panic than confidence these days. Long considered the showpiece for American health care, AMCs have also been an important financial anchor for universities. But times are changing. An April headline in The Wall Street Journal read “Once Cash Cows, Teaching Hospitals Now a Source of Worry for Schools.”

Contrary to the alarming headlines, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has a much brighter story to tell, in part because it’s forsaking tradition to forge a bold new path. The $3 billion medical center is separating from the 142-year-old university, a move that is already reaping dividends, said Vanderbilt’s deputy vice chancellor of medical affairs, C. Wright Pinson, M.B.A., M.D. “We needed more freedom and speed in our decision-making …than the old structure afforded.”  Continue reading Final Days, or Dawn of a New Age for Academic Medicine?

Second Annual #Hotspotting Mini-Grant Project Launches This Summer

Originally published June 16, 2015

By Sonya Collins

For the second year, the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers (CCHP), Primary Care Progress (PCP), and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) are collaborating on the Hotspotting Mini-Grant Project. The initiative gives interdisciplinary teams of health professions students an unparalleled hands-on opportunity to learn and practice an innovative model of health care coordination called hotspotting. Here, program partners weigh in on why hotspotting is important and the new elements participants can expect this year.

“The average health professions student is told that their job is to shadow and wait their turn. This project gets them off the sidelines and engaged in a meaningful way,” says Andrew Morris-Singer, a general internist and president of PCP. Continue reading Second Annual #Hotspotting Mini-Grant Project Launches This Summer

What Moves Us To Act?

Originally posted June 23, 2015

By Susan Brown

I usually start my day with a Starbucks, so I was standing in the long line-up waiting to place my order. I noticed a young resident, well ahead of me in the line, pull out of the line. He grabbed a fistful of serviettes from the sidebar where the milk and sugar, lids and serviettes are found. He walked over to a middle-aged woman who was on her cell–she was sobbing inconsolably and her face was red and puffy, she had big sad tears strolling down her face. This young resident walked over and bent down as if to kneel. He put the serviettes into her lap and paused his hand on hers when she went to grab the serviettes. He looked into her eyes, paused and provided a look of acknowledgement, empathy and kindness. Then he walked back to the end of the coffee line … Many of us had witnessed this spontaneous act of genuine compassion and kindness and made way for him to move to the front of the line.

What moved this young resident to act? Or perhaps more importantly, what was it about him that saw his distraught woman and respond in such a caring and compassionate way? It was beautiful to see the tension in her face ease when he gave her the serviettes and demonstrated empathy. It was beautiful to see how other staff members in the Starbucks line watched the interaction and then volleyed him back up to the front of the line on his return. And it was beautiful to see how moved each of us was by this simple act of grace. The importance of staff-to-patient and staff-to-staff relationships were underscored. I’d like to think each of us here would do this if the same situation presented … I suppose the question is whether each of us sees these things when they are in our midst; does our culture empower us to act? Are we safe to reach out to one another and to our patients?

“Healing Beyond Science”

By Robert Folberg, MD

The title of this post is framed within quotation marks because the words are not mine. They were delivered by Mary Fisher, an author, artist, and AIDS advocate on the occasion of receiving an honorary degree as part of the commencement of the Charter Class of 2015 from the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB). Wing of Zock invited me to provide a follow-up to my post published earlier this year, “Kindness Beyond Curriculum,” where I described the underlying innovations that OUWB brings to medical education as a new medical school. I invite you now to pause and listen to Fisher’s address. [Fast forward to the 4:40 mark to skip the conferral of the degree if you wish.] Continue reading “Healing Beyond Science”

Quick Hits: Innovation in Academic Medicine

Boston Children’s Hospital Uses Social Media Data for Health Research

Social media pervades the U.S. today. Take Twitter, for example. By the end of 2014, approximately one in five U.S. adults were active Twitter users. While the network remains most popular with adults under 50 years old, the last year saw a jump in tweeters 65 and older.

Despite growing privacy concerns, users of Twitter and other networks routinely talk about their health on social media. This has created a large and growing body of data and presented an opportunity to capture ‘digital phenotypes’ that provide tremendous insight into both individual and population health. These phenotypes let us:

  1. Identify individual patients suffering from acute or chronic disease and analyze their behavior over-time
  2. Monitor the health of a population by tracking the prevalence of infectious diseases (e.g., influenza)… MORE

Duke Practical Playbook to Provide Technical Assistance to BUILD Health Challenge Awardees

The BUILD Health Challenge announced today that it awarded grants to 18 groundbreaking projects that aim to improve health in low-income communities.

The projects were recognized on the strengths of their bold, upstream, integrated, local and data-driven approaches to address the social and environmental factors that have the greatest impact on health.

The BUILD Health Challenge was founded by The Advisory Board Company, the de Beaumont Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to encourage community partnerships among local non-profit organizations, hospitals and health systems, and health departments to improve the health and well-being of their residents… MORE

Stanford Medicine to Lead, Define Field of Precision Health

Precision health was the theme of the day at Stanford [two weeks ago], with Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, describing to a standing-room-only crowd at a Town Hall event how Stanford Medicine will continue to lead and excel in this area.

Minor, along with colleagues Amir Dan Rubin, president and CEO of Stanford Health Care, and Christopher Dawes, president and CEO of Stanford Children’s Health, offered faculty, staff and students a glimpse of the future of precision health here… MORE

Developing Apps to Improve the Health of Patients at Mount Sinai

The Sinai AppLab, a pioneering digital initiative between the departments of Medicine and Information Technology, is creating technology platforms to address the needs of patients, health care providers, and researchers within the Mount Sinai Health System. Under the direction of Ashish Atreja, MD, MPH, Chief Technology Innovation and Engagement Officer in the Department of Medicine, the lab has developed five apps and an app platform that connect to Mount Sinai’s Electronic Health Records (EHR)… MORE


Medicine in the Era of the Public Physician

By Jennifer J. Salopek

book-coverBryan Vartabedian, MD, pediatric gastroenterologist and clinical faculty member at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, is well-known in the world of health care social media. An early adopter, he has been blogging since he launched his first Typepad site in 2006. His current blog, 33 Charts, draws thousands of readers every month, and he has more than 24,000 followers on Twitter. In 2013, he penned the Socialized Medicine column for Wing of Zock. Vartabedian is strategic and intentional about his online presence. Yet, he asserts that even doctors with little or no social media involvement are, in the digital age, “public physicians.” To that end, he has authored a helpful guidebook, The Public Physician, available for free download on iTunes.

Continue reading Medicine in the Era of the Public Physician