Social Media for Hematopathologists: Medical Practice Reinvented—#Hemepath

S. El Hussein, Kirill A. Lyapichev, Genevieve M. Crane, Kamran M. Mirza, Naveen Pemmaraju, L. Jeffrey Medeiros, Joseph D. Khoury, Sanam Loghavi

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Abstract

Purpose of Review: Social media engagement by medical professionals with varied background subspecialties has steadily gained popularity in recent years. As a heavily visual discipline, pathology has been able to leverage social media platforms for trainee education, curbside and official consultations, interdisciplinary communication, and interactions among medical professionals and patient education. The pathology community has been at the forefront of using social media as an educational forum, and the hematopathology community has emerged as one of the strongest and most influential presences on these online platforms. In this review, we perform an in-depth analysis of various Twitter metrics to demonstrate key trends in the usage of social media as it pertains to hematopathology using the hashtag #Hemepath and we describe specific details on how hematopathologists have managed to take advantage of Twitter in furthering our mission of advancing medical education and disseminating knowledge using these innovative virtual educational experiences. Recent Findings: The hematopathology community has a great degree of enthusiasm among residents, fellows, and faculty in sharing educational material using case-based examples, participating in group-based online activities, introducing new publications by article authors or readership, and disseminating educational “pearls” from medical conferences, using hashtags and digital images that otherwise would not be readily available to many around the globe. This practice is helping reshape the structure of our field and is providing opportunities to optimize the educational experience by enhancing the instant exposure to cutting-edge information and expert opinions, among other valuable features. Summary: The hematopathology community has leveraged social media platforms for disseminating educational material and strengthening interdisciplinary interactions and is a “poster child” for a medical subspecialty that has thrived and flourished by more broadly adopting virtual educational platforms. We hope that this review will provide details on how social media platforms can be used by others in the medical field to achieve similar goals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-390
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Hematologic Malignancy Reports
Volume15
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Hematopathology
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma
  • Medical education
  • Social media
  • Twitter

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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