#LCSM Chat Topic Thu 10/20 (8pm ET): Social media and doctors–should we go there?

by Brendon Stiles, MD

doctors-and-social-mediaI (@BrendonStilesMD) am pleased to be moderating the October 20, 2016 #LCSM Chat (8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific).   The topic of the chat will be “Social media and doctors:  should we go there?”

I am giving a talk on a similar topic in April of 2017 at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS).  I am proud of the fact that thoracic surgery’s most prestigious academic association has recognized the importance of doctor-patient interactions on social media. In preparation for that timely talk, I would love to get input (from patients, caregivers, advocates, physicians, and from anyone interested in cancer) on cancer communication within the realm of social media. I hope to convey to my colleagues the potential that social media platforms such as Twitter have for breaking down long standing barriers to information dissemination and to shared decision making.  Along with that task, I hope to assure my medical peers that they can engage in social media without a loss of privacy or of professionalism and to instruct them how best to do so.  With those goals in mind, I plan to discuss the following topics:

  • T1:  What are the benefits to cancer physicians of participating in social media?
  • T2:  What do patients, caregivers, advocates expect from cancer physicians on social media?
  • T3:  Have you ever felt that physicans or patients have crossed boundaries on social media?  If yes, how so?
  • T4:  How can physicians best share personal information, stories, and opinions yet still be “professional”?

I am relying on this #LCSM Chat to serve as the base of my talk in April.  I hope you will join us for this important topic, which I hope to use to drive increased physician participation in #LCSM and other topics. Please remember to include #LCSM in ALL your tweets so the other chat participants can see them. You can read a primer on participating in the chat here.


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