Since social media is such a huge part of everyday life, I thought I would share my top 5 interesting organizations that I follow on Twitter. If you’ve been following my blog posts for some time, then these 5 most likely won’t be a surprise to you!
Disclosure: I want to fully disclose that I am affiliated in some capacity to some of the organizations listed, but I have not been paid to endorse or mention any of these organizations. This is just how I truly feel and why I follow these organizations!
- American Medical Association (@AmerMedicalAssn): I want to fully disclose that I do serve on the AMA Ambassador Steering Committee, so I am in a sense a “brand ambassador” if you will for the organization. I first became involved with AMA during my spring semester of my first year in medical school. I have always been passionate about wanting to make a positive impact in my community and for my future patients, not only on a local level but on a national level as well. I was excited for the opportunity to network and learn best practices of how to be a great advocate for patients, and the rest is history! They post great updates on what is happening in the legislative realm from a physician advocacy standpoint and share updates/news regarding initiatives the AMA is working on, and my favorite part is that they highlight members at all points in their career! I love being able to learn about fellow colleagues and encouraging a space of inclusivity.
- Mississippi State Medical Association (@MSMA1): I have served on the MSMA Board of Trustees for the last two years, and I look forward to continuing my involvement with this superb organization. I am a proud Mississippian, and MSMA represents all of Mississippi’s physicians and physicians-in-training. They post up-to-date news on what is happening in the state in the public health realm and highlight what their members are doing on a state and national level. It’s great for me to follow them to be “in-the-know” about important state legislation and more. I also love being able to support my state and those who practice in it to protect and care for patients. MSMA was my starting point for getting involved with organized medicine.
- Merck Manual Pro (@MerckManualPro): Again, I fully disclose that I am a blogger for Merck Manual Med Student Stories; however, my feelings toward Merck Manual remain the same. The Manual has been trusted for over 100 years, and they always deliver! Many times, when I am looking for clinical information, I can go to Merck to find more details and links to resources. Plus, they provide a great mix of content that gets tweeted! Follow them and see for yourself!
- American Psychiatric Association (@APAPsychiatric): As someone who hopes to have a future as a psychiatrist, this is a key organization for me to receive updates on all things mental health and topics I should be advocating for. Plus, they provide informative information that I can one day share with my patients and colleagues regarding new guidelines and best practices.
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (@AACAP): Please see the explanation for #4 because #4 and #5 go hand-in-hand. I highly recommend following specialty organizations that you are interested in to find information specific to that specialty.
Who do you follow, and why are they worth following?