History of Social Media in Surgery

A healthcare social media research article published in Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery, September 11, 2017

Title
History of Social Media in Surgery
Authors (alpha)
Cedrek L. McFadden, Christian Jones, Heather J. Logghe, Natalie J. Tully
Published
September 11, 2017
Journal
Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Impact Factor
.839
DOI
10.1055/s-0037-1604250
Pubmed
28924395
Altmetric
A healthcare social media research article published in Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery, September 11, 2017

Abstract

In many ways, the history of surgeons on Twitter echoes the initial resistance and ultimate mass adoption of laparoscopic surgery that led to the field of minimally invasive surgery. At its inception, social media was similarly met with skepticism and concerns of threats to professionalism. Despite these concerns, numerous surgeons and other physicians pioneered the use of social media to establish a virtual medical community and share scientific knowledge regarding a variety of topics including medical conferences, journal publications, and more. After these initial successes, surgeons' views have evolved, leading to mass adoption of social media and participation on Twitter as a means of professional networking and dissemination of science. This article chronicles that history.


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