“Why would I want to participate in Twitter and social media?”

This is a common question that I get from my fellow emergency physicians. They think that social media applications are for people who have nothing better to do than to read/write about trivial personal opinions.

This year, the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) held a workshop on “From Twitter to Tenure”, hosted by well-known educators in the Twitter world:

They each discussed how social media has played a positive role in their academic careers. They also posted summaries on their respective blogs:

Bottom line

Social media develops a brand (or name) for yourself in the digital universe, forces you to constantly improve your writing, helps you build a network of potential collaborators, and opens up a world of opportunities for you.

Michelle Lin, MD
ALiEM Editor-in-Chief
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco
Michelle Lin, MD


Professor of Emerg Med at UCSF-Zuckerberg San Francisco General. Founder of ALiEM @aliemteam #PostitPearls https://t.co/7v7cgJqNEn
Michelle Lin, MD