Social Media in Medicine and Science


I have had some notable mentors that instilled the importance of networking early in my career. LinkedIn made sense but was not frequented by as many scientists and doctors as I expected. ResearchGate caters more towards scientists by allowing users to follow someone’s ongoing work and publications. At first I didn’t see the utility of Twitter until I realized that by following leaders in my field I could cultivate up to date scientific information and not miss a landmark study. At conferences, twitter enabled me to gather key points from talks I couldn’t attend or participate in live tweet-ups covering a topic and questions for the general public. By engaging more in the science social media realm I made connections and collaborations in real life, found an outlet for my outreach goals, and have kept up more with a greater proportion of new research.

One of my mentors, Ed Mariano, crafted an eloquent article, “Why  doctors  should be on twitter” and a companion power-point on the topic shared on Slide Share: “Time for physicians to get social” posted on November 18, 2015.

whys docs on twitter article screen shot
Originally posted May 15, 2015 on

Similarly, Ned Potter at University of York Library created a power-point “Twitter for Researchers” on June 13, 2014.  Some of the benefits of twitter that I mentioned above were quoted in this presentation.

twitter for researchers
Originally posted June 14, 2013 on

Besides the outreach through social media I have found via Twitter, below is a sample of some the live tweeting that I participated in at the past two American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine conferences, as part of the social media team. I was just invited to be on the social media team for the upcoming American Pain Society conference, as well.

Fall Pain Meeting 2015 #ASRAPain15


This meeting generated 517 tweets from 149 people



Spring Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Meeting 2016 #ASRA_RA16

asra16 stats

Neuroscientist & Anesthesiologist; Regional Anesthesia & Acute Pain Management Specialist

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