Here’s an excellent insight and guide to social media use by surgeons that appeared in the July 2011 issue of the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. The authors, including faculty from SUNY Buffalo and GHSU and a healthcare attorney among others, emphasize how important it is for surgeons to participate in conversations about disease and patient care that occur online, where they can engage patients and laypeople, and correct inaccuracies. They also emphasize the important role of social media as platforms for GME and CME.
Yamout SZ, Glick ZA, Lind DS, Monson RA, Glick PL. Using social media to enhance surgeon and patient education and communication. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2011 Jul;96(7): 7-15. [PMID 22315896]