Friday, May 11, 2012

Is Academic Medicine Reaching a Twitter Tipping Point?

The last 3 days have been exciting and invigorating - meeting old friends and making new ones at the SGIM Annual Meeting in Orlando.  There have been some amazing presentations and workshops.

Looking back over the last few days, it seems that SGIM members are beginning to adopt social media.

  • The SGIM education technology group decided to use Twitter instead of a listserv to stay in touch between the annual meetings.  The plan is to use a #SGIMedTech hashtag for the group
  • There was a great tweetup of SGIM tweeps 


  • A Social Media Interest Group was created with #SGIMSoMe hashtag
  • There is now a growing list of SGIM members using Twitter
  • The group decided to do a project to study the effect of SoMe to help other interest groups improve communication between meetings.  
Does this mean academic medicine is reaching a tipping point?  There is still a lot of reluctance to adopt Social Media but the walls might be coming down.  I expect in 1 or 2 years, I will look back at this post and remember how this all started with a tweetup on one Thursday evening in Orlando!