You — a medical student, resident physician or newly-minted medical attending — are late in the game. Sure, you appropriately hopped onto Facebook during your first few years of college, only to rightly disengage around the advent of newsfeeds and cover photos. You passively signed up to LinkedIn last winter only to remain passively aware that your profile exists unfettered and un-updated in the inter-web ether.
Despite this predictable navigation into online social media, you remain steadfast in avoiding the Twittersphere.
Well, you’re missing out.
Like you, I initially thought Twitter to be an online community entirely made up of famous celebrities tweeting how normal they are and normal people tweeting how celebrated they are. All within 140 characters of smushed words with no vowels. I get the preconceived distaste.
But I’m telling you, there exists an entirely different world within twitter that you, as a young medical professional, should get involved with.
I know a little about the life you lead. Coming from a family of doctors and training as a resident physician, I have a reasonable understanding of your daily grind. I’m also sure of one thing: despite your many interests in health care, there remains little time each day to keep abreast of your field’s current research and stay updated on national health care issues.
Here’s where Twitter becomes useful.