Southwest Virginia

what do you think about social media in medicine?

In a recent post I discussed some of the reasons why physicians like myself might choose to blog, tweet and communicate via Facebook, LinkedIn and Google Plus. As I mentioned then, there is a bunch of controversy over the use of social media communication in the field of medicine. Those who don’t use it don’t see why anyone should use it. Some use it inappropriately. Some break ethical standards, or laws such as HIPAA by divulging protected private information about patients.

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the anatomy of a kidnapping

Yesterday, Friday, April 6, I was kidnapped by Dr. Evil. The kidnapping occurred at approximately 9 am on Friday, and I was released around 4 pm that day. The hero of the day, who caught and captured Dr. Evil (with a bit of help from federal agents) was Eric, an 8-year old child cared for by our pediatric cardiology group over many years. He is hale and hearty, despite his "zipper:" the scar that runs up and down his chest along the center of his breastbone. His memento of three separate cardiac operations performed before his 5th birthday.

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why do doctors blog?

There are many questions that people ask when they find out that I am engaged in social media. They seem incredulous that I would spend my time blogging or tweeting instead of ....what? For me, blogging and tweeting are part of the activities I do when I am NOT engaged in every day medical work. In other words, I am not doing this instead of seeing a patient. I am writing when I am either in my academic office or at home, or maybe while I am traveling. Many folks don't seem to understand some of the things that might motivate a physician to spend "free" time in this way. Why bother?

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my first guest post

I would like to invite all of my readers to wander over to the Social Slam web site to read my latest post. This is the beginning of the story I will be telling in my ten allotted minutes during Social Slam 2012 on April 27 in Knoxville. It chronicles the events that lead up to the Vaccine Town Hall held last fall here in Roanoke.

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my visit to the pediatrician

I have a new grandson--that is the good news.

He lives in Boston with his parents and older brother--that is the bad news from my perspective

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did you notice?

 

There is a new "banner" on my blog.

It says Knoxville 04/27 Social Slam

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How YOUR child can help teach medical students

On Saturday, February 4, one of my colleagues, Dr. Amy Kryder, a pediatrician in Botetourt County, and director of medical student education at the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital, will be hosting a day for the second year medical students at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine to learn the basics of  the physical exam in children.

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choices

This past week my five days as the attending physician on service went incredibly fast but also consumed a lot of my time, and more importantly, my psychic energy. During the week, I was faced with many choices.

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a long way from home

This evening, as I was taking "signout" about the patients I will inherit on the pediatric inpatient unit tomorrow, for some reason I started to think about how far away I am from "home"

Not necessarily a home to which I want to return. My original home in Brooklyn, New York. The daughter of a bus driver who graduated from High School and a homemaker who had to quit school after the 8th grade. A life with no extravagance. A life of goals that seemed unrealistic, and completely out of reach.

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