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Curr Anesthesiol Rep. 2017 Jun;7(2):238-245. doi: 10.1007/s40140-017-0213-x. Epub 2017 Apr 12.

How Social Media is Changing the Practice of Regional Anesthesiology.

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1
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.
2
Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA.
3
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.
4
Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA.

Abstract

Purpose of Review:

This review summarizes the current applications of social media in regional anesthesiology, describes ways that specific platforms may promote growth, and briefly discusses limitations and future directions.

Recent findings:

Although Facebook users outnumber Twitter users, the latter has been better studied in regional anesthesiology and may have the advantages of speed and expansion of reach. Highly tweeted publications are more likely to be cited in the medical literature, and twitter-enhanced journal clubs facilitate communication regarding important articles with international colleagues. In both the United States and internationally, Twitter has been shown to enhance the anesthesiology conference experience, changing communication among attendees and non-attendees. YouTube and podcasts are quickly finding a niche in regional anesthesiology for just-in-time training and continuing professional development.

Summary:

Social media use is rapidly growing in regional anesthesiology, and benefits include global interaction and knowledge translation within the specialty and with the general public.

KEYWORDS:

Facebook; Twitter; YouTube; anesthesiology; continuing education; medical education; podcast; professional development; regional anesthesia; social media

PMID:
29422779
PMCID:
PMC5798897
[Available on 2018-06-01]
DOI:
10.1007/s40140-017-0213-x

Conflict of interest statement

Conflict of Interest Eric S. Schwenk declares that he has no conflict of interest. Larry F. Chu declares that he has no conflict of interest. Rajnish K. Gupta declares that he has no conflict of interest. Edward R. Mariano has received unrestricted funding for educational programs paid to his institution from Halyard Health (Alpharetta, GA) and B. Braun (Bethlehem, PA). These companies had absolutely no input into any aspect of manuscript preparation.

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