Twitter has changed how he works, said Jason Frank, MD (), a clinician-educator at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada ( ). Frank is among a number of health professionals who are using this social media platform to share their scholarship, engage with the public, build new social networks, and advocate for change.
Twitter offers a means for educators, clinicians, and researchers to communicate and stay connected with each other in real time through brief 140-character messages. Instead of waiting to discuss new research in-person with a handful of colleagues or at a conference, academic medicine professionals can reach more people in more places through social media. “Within the next decade, you won’t be able to be a successful scholar without having some activity on social media,” Frank predicted.