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Ann Surg. 2018 Feb;267(2):233-235. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000002479.

Social Media as a Platform for Surgical Learning: Use and Engagement Patterns Among Robotic Surgeons.

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1
Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
2
Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.
3
Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, Tufts University, Boston, MA.
4
General Surgery Division, Good Samaritan Medical Center, Boston, MA.
5
Department of Surgery, School of Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
6
Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Abstract

: In response to technological advances and growing dispersion of surgical practice around the globe, social media platforms have emerged in recent years as channels for surgeons to share experiences, ask questions, and learn from one another. To better understand surgeons' engagement with these platforms, we analyzed data from a closed-membership Facebook group for robotic surgeons. Our analysis revealed that surgeons posted more frequently on midweek days, and further that text posts received significantly more comments, and significantly fewer "likes," than posts containing links, photos, or videos. We discuss the implications of these use and engagement patterns for the viability of social media platforms as tools for surgeons to learn vicariously from their peers' experiences and expertise.

PMID:
28857816
DOI:
10.1097/SLA.0000000000002479
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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