Tuesday, July 6, 2010
[ATTENTION: If you are apathetic or antagonistic towards social media of if I (or someone else) have ever turned you off with all this social media talk, I beg you to please read this one blog post if you care an ounce about hospice and palliative medicine.]
Now that we have that stuff out of the way, I will ask you one simple question to show you why you should be part of a palliative care movement with social media.
Seriously, while you are waiting for the elevator/cab/family meeting, pull out your smartphone and Tweet or Digg or Facebook about HPM. You do not have to be a power user like me or Diane Meier or Ashton Kutcher*. If 30% of the 43,000 NHPCO members, 4,100 AAHPM members and unknown numbers of HPNA members made a concerted effort to link together on social media, we could make a colossal impact. So far we are one of the more coordinated specialties out there and we are barely even scratching the surface of possibilities. Just to demonstrate how important I think this is I am making social media competency an early part of the fellowship curriculum this year.
So think about that CAPC webinar and stay tuned for more reasons why you can do your part to educate the public with a few clicks in addition to the intense one-to-one education you do in your daily work.**
Related Pallimed posts on the impact of social media in our field
- Updated (June 2010) list of hospice and palliative medicine blogs
- Twitter at the AAHPM Annual Assembly 2009 (The first documented multi-user medical conference on Twitter!)
- Twitter at the AAHPM Annual Assembly 2010
- 2010 Social Media Session at the Annual Assembly
- Twitter for Medical Professionals (11 uses in 9 steps)
- The Role of Social Media in Reversing the FDA Decision on Oral Morphine Concentrate
- Lessons learned from Tweeting at a Medical Conference
- List of hospice and palliative care people on Twitter (needs updating!)
* Last time you will see those three names together...until we star in Harry Potter 8: The Krakken Takes Manhattan, opening in theaters Summer 2012
**By the way the webinar is discounted compared to the regular price so we can get more people to participate and therefore make a wider social impact. The power of the network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users (Metcalfe's Law) (see image below featuring telephones from Wikipedia for a graphic representation of Metcalfe's law.)