I experienced conference envy this past week as I followed the terrific tweets filling my timeline from both Med.20 in London and Standford’s MedX. It would have been wonderful to have been there in person, but I still managed to learn lots of new things and connect with some great new people from my virtual attendance.
Next time you attend a conference here are 5 things you can do to make the most of your time.
1. Take Notes.
It’s fun to tweet, but don’t neglect the old-fashioned art of writing down key points you wish to remember. Research shows that the act of writing helps you assimilate and remember information better.
2. Interview Speakers
If you have an established blog, website or other social media platform, reach out to speakers before the event and ask if they will allow you to interview them during the event. Do your preparation in advance and keep the interview short. (An iphone app like Vine (6 second video platform) is useful for this). Here’s an excellent example of an interview with Dr Larry Chu of Stanford Medicine X at the Doctors 2.0 & You Conference.
3. Test out new products
Be one of the first to report back on a new product or service you discover at the conference in the form of photographs, reviews or an interview with the company exhibitors.
4. Curate and blog conference content
Using a tool like Storify, curate the best conference tweets and images. If you have a blog, share your impressions, tips and summarize key points after the event.
5. Make and build on connections
Don’t just make connections on the day, follow-up with those people you’ve met and want to stay in touch with via email, Twitter, or LinkedIn. Some of the best connections I have made at conferences have turned into mutually collaborative relationships after the event.
I was delighted to have the opportunity to share the stage with Dr Kendall Ho, a practicing emergency medicine specialist and founding director of the eHealth Strategy Office of the University of British Columbia, at the Universitas 21 Health Sciences Group annual meeting held recently at University College Dublin. In a lively and engaging presentation Dr Ho spoke to delegates about how medical educators can embrace social media.
Also presenting was consultant rheumatologist, Dr Ronan Kavanagh, speaking on how doctors can use the tools of social media in their practice.
And my own presentation on the digital revolution and the era of the e-patient.
Now in its third year, this unique event, brilliantly orchestrated by the indefatigable Denise Silber of Basil Strategies, brings together doctors, patients, healthcare innovators, industry and payers in a truly participatory event to share and learn from each other.
The Doctors 2.0 agenda addresses the role of new technology in healthcare from healthcare social media best practice to innovative web 2.0 tools and mobile apps – crucially from both the doctor and patient perspective.
I was honored to be invited to speak on both days of the conference on the proof of healthcare social media (in the form of patient blogs and tweet chats) from the patient perspective.
This was my first Doctors 2.0 & You experience and it truly surpassed all my expectations. It is so more than a conference – it is about the exchange of stimulating ideas, the spark of creativity and the illumination of inspiration, and above all the delightful coming together of old friends and the exciting creation of new partnerships. It is Doctors 2.o & You – the must-attend event of the year and an event you really shouldn’t miss.
The conference which will take place in Paris, June 6-7, 2013, is the only European event dedicated to bringing physicians and patients together to engage with web 2.0 tools and social media. Patients play a central role at the conference as advisors in the parallel sessions and as members of judging panels judging posters and exciting start-ups.
We’re bringing all the healthcare stakeholders together to make things MOVE. That’s what Doctors 2.0 & You is all about.
It is the experience, passion and commitment of engaged patients that drive innovation in the changing paradigm of healthcare. You can be part of this by contributing to the fund. In this season of Christmas, what a great gift to give someone – the chance to play an empowered role in their own health in 2013.
Donations start as small as $10 and increase in size to reflect your contribution to funding a patient to attend the conference. You will also gain visibility for your brand through your involvement.
Medicine, as we know it, is undergoing a radical transformation. New innovations in technologies such as computing, design, biosensors and social media will fundamentally revolutionise the way in which we learn and practice medicine.
Chaired by Dr. Ronan Kavanagh,the .Med Conference brought together some of the top thinkers and innovators in medicine to speak about how we can harness new technologies to improve the quality of medical care.
Among the many compelling talks, Dr Peter Lovatt, (@dancedrdance) literally had the audience dancing during his fascinating talk on the psychology of dancing, and its effects on the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease.
It was a highly energetic and informative meeting, and to catch a flavour of what it was all about, check out this storify.