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.

Its a great story: one worth telling, and sharing.

It demonstrates some of the power of social media (in this case, blogging, Twitter and Facebook) especially when social media is combined with a real-life activity such as the event that we ran. As physicians and others in healthcare wonder if, why and how they should participate in social media, I think it proves how much can be accomplished, and inspired by a group of passionate, focused individuals.

In the post I also talk a little about the evolution of this blog and how Twitter and the specific tweet chat I engaged in were instrumental in finding the right people at the right time.

You may recall that after the Town Hall I had an opportunity to discuss measles immunization on TV, and was interviewed by the Roanoke Times on social media use in medicine.

You can read the post here. Feel free to leave comments on that post or on this below or on the Social Slam site.


Recent Comments

How AWESOME, Alice! I am SO proud of you and your efforts and commitment. You are an inspiration. I wish that I could be there for your speaking engagement at Social Slam but I will be there in spirit!! I hope that someday we can connect IRL...

Funny. I used to come to the Chicago area a lot. Haven't been there in a while, but I am sure I will some time. After all, both of my key organizations (The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Critical Care Medicine) are in the burbs, so it is inevitable.

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About Dr. Ackerman

Alice Ackerman, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCCM is the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Carilion Clinic and Professor and Founding Chair of Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Dr. Ackerman is recognized nationally as an expert in pediatric critical care.

She has been at Carilion Clinic since June of 2007. Her primary goals are to enhance the health care of children in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia, and is actively working to do this both as physician in chief of the children's hospital, as well as through involvement with many state-wide initiatives.

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Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital
Carilion Clinic Pediatric Services
Children’s Miracle Network
Follow me on Twitter
Pediatric Residency Facebook Page
The AAP website for parents
Just the Vax
Moms Who Vax blog
Parents Who Protect
Roanoke Times Medical blog
Running a hospital blog


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