There has been a recent groundswell of interest and support for using Twitter purely for medical education. After getting several requests to get a quick tutorial of how I use it, I thought I would do a quick, on-the-fly video in my hotel room of how I use it on my iPhone (Echofon app) and on my laptop (Hootsuite). This is the first video on using the iPhone for Twitter.

Hashtags I have been following recently:

  • #MeduTOT: Medical Education Tricks of the Trade. I introduced this hashtag during the AAMC 2012 conference this week in San Francisco. This hashtag labels all things related to practical teaching tips in medical education, such as powerpoint design, giving feedback, curricular design, bedside teaching, etc. Thought it appropriate since there were so many educators all gathered together using Twitter!
  • #EMTOT: Emergency Medicine Tricks of the Trade. This hashtag labels all things related to tips in the clinical practice of EM.
  • #AAMC12: A conference hashtag for Association of American Medical Colleges meeting in 2012
  • #EssentialsEM: A conference hashtag for Essentials of EM conference


  • Start by following just a few people and build up a bigger list. If often feels like you are drinking from a firehose if you start too quickly. Start with this list by @FOAMstarter.

P.S. It was surprisingly challenging to type on an iPhone without being able to see the iPhone or my fingers because they were behind the video-recording iPad.

Michelle Lin, MD
ALiEM Founder and CEO
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 SF General. ALiEM Founder @aliemteam #PostitPearls at Bio:
Michelle Lin, MD