Social media in academia: Why do it?

Jun 09, 11
Social media in academia: Why do it?

“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.

Author information

Michelle Lin, MD

ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

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