No studies have looked specifically at the presence of surgeons on Twitter. If their usage is similar to that of oncologists and primary care doctors—the only two groups to have had their social media usage studied in a scientifically rigorous way—one survey suggests about 7% of clinicians use Twitter as part of their lifelong learning, 37% reported that they never plan to use Twitter as part of their lifelong learning and about 50% are on the fence, said Brian McGowan, PhD, a research scientist who specializes in medical education and author of the study (J Med Internet Res 2012;14:e117).
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.