I recently read a blog post from a physician blogger who stressed the importance of sharing relevant, accurate medical information on our social media platforms. She made great points in her article: people spend a huge part of their day on various social networks, as well as talking with friends about what they’ve seen on said social networks. Those same people also tend to believe whatever they read/see on the internet (with few exceptions) without further research, which is why as future physicians, it’s our job to share medically accurate information within our own family/friends/social networks.
She proposed a challenge of sharing 2 medically accurate articles per week from legitimate sources within our own personal networks. The importance of this is awareness. If one friend sees the article, knowing you are a medical professional, they are more likely to read it and take it seriously vs. from a random blogger on the internet who has no experience. I know within my own social networks, I am more likely to take serious an article posted by a professional on the topic, vs. one of my other friends. As physicians (and future physicians), it’s important to help change the mindset of the general population and contribute to the spread of accurate information. This is why we are becoming physicians in the first place. We can help inform and educate outside of the office. So next time you’re on your networks, let’s contribute to bettering the education of the general population – with the simple click of a button!