Urologists have been on the forefront of harnessing Social Media for professional use. Urological Organizations and Journals have used Social Media to lower barriers for information dissemination [1,2]  . Meanwhile, Social Media engagement at Urological meetings has been used to augment the experience of attendees and allow remote “attendance” for those not able to physically be present at the meetings [5,6]. Academic exchange through a formal Twitter-based Journal Club on the #urojc hashtag has enjoyed international participation . Social Media has also been employed to assess the Media’s and the Public’s responses to news events in the Urologic clinical space , and guidelines for responsible and effective Social Media use now have been developed  . Moreover, an extremely active patient advocacy voice has been growing louder on a number of the Social Media channels.
The Urology Tag Ontology Project aims to align hashtag use for this burgeoning Urological Social Media community. Utilizing this standardized list of Social Media communication descriptors, the project hopes to facilitate communication and promote collaboration in the healthcare provider and patient communities.
Effective and standardized hashtag use remains an organic process that clearly cannot be dictated by a simple creation of a list. Indeed, the current list attempts to strike a balance between existing hashtags that enjoy heavy use and those descriptors that key opinion leaders in a particular urologic sub-specialty would like to see gain traction. As such, we hope for the Urology Tag Ontology Project to remain a “living document,” which is reassessed and updated on a regular basis.
Alexander Kutikov, MD, FACS @uretericbud
Associate Professor of Urologic Oncology
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, USA @FoxChaseCancer
Associate Editor for Digital Media
European Urology @EUPlatinum
Table 1: Urological Social Media Stakeholders Supporting Urology Tag Ontology Project
|Organization||Hashtag / Twitter Handle|
|European Association of Urology (EAU)||@UroWeb|
|American Urological Association||@AmerUrological|
|EAU Guidelines Committee||#EAUGuidelines|
|AUA Social Media Committee||N/A|
|Society of Urologic Oncology / Young Urologic Oncology Committee||@SUO_YUO|
|Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand||@USANZurology|
|British Association of Urological Surgeons||@BAUSurology|
|European Urology Journal||@EUPlatinum|
|Journal of Urology||@JUrology|
|Urology Gold Journal||@UroGoldJournal|
|Nature Reviews Urology||@NatRevUrol|
|Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases Journal||@PCAN_Journal|
|Journal of Sexual Medicine||@JSexMed|
|Bladder Cancer Journal||@BladderCaJrnl|
|Journal of Clinical Urology||@JCUrology|
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