What would you say to get your rheumatologist on SoMe?

What would you say to get your rheumatologist on SoMe?

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By Dr Irwin Lim, Rheumatologist

It's a common request (complaint) I've noticed.

Too few physicians (rheumatologists) bother with social media. They really should engage more, some have argued.

The few of us rheumatologists who are tweeting or blogging are a precious breed. Mainly due to scarcity. But this does mean a greater responsibility for us. It would be nice to share this and foster collegiality among more online rheumatologists.

On Monday 20th May, at the Australian Rheumatology Association's 54th Annual Scientific Meeting, I'm talking at a symposium with Jessica Gottlieb (e-Blogger and RA Patient).

The title: The Intersection between Health & Technology: Patient education in the digital world

I'm giving the rheumatologist's perspective. It's a chance to demystify social media. A chance to clear up some misconceptions among doctor colleagues. And address some fears. I plan to make it entertaining if I can. I'll try to engage my colleagues, both the naysayers and the supporters.

Some of my Aussie rheumatology colleagues are already reading this blog. They are close to dipping in their toes. I'm sure there are some who want to engage but something holds them back.

What would you say to your rheumatologist to get them involved? What's needed to help them with those last few steps?

Dr Irwin Lim is a rheumatologist and a director of BJC Health. You should follow him on twitter here.
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