Physician social networking online

Monday, June 29, 2009

Most of my physician colleagues agree that most physicians generally don't engage in online social networking. The only exceptions would be those who use Sermo, and a small handful of early adopters. So who are those early adopters? Who are those who see value in online social networking?
  • Are they the physicians who have a strong interest in medical informatics (or health information technology)? Sometimes.
  • Are they the physicians who are actively looking for new job opportunities? Rarely.
  • Are they the physicians who tend to be more adventurous and active (such as emergency room physicians)? Sometimes.
  • Are they the physicians who have way too much free time (such as dermatology and radiology physicians)? Sometimes.
  • Are they those MD/MBA grads who are always trying to find new ventures. Sometimes.
So, who are those early adopters? Most of the time, they are the medical students who already use social networking tools like blogs, Facebook, and Twitter. They are the ones who graduate and become those physicians who embrace the power of social networking.


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Dr. Kim is a digital entrepreneur and technologist who has a passion for health information technology, mobile health, and social media. He frequently speaks at conferences about non-clinical careers for physicians, continuing medical education, mobile health technology, and social media in medicine. He is a regular contributor for the Physician Executive Journal, the official journal of the American College of Physician Executives.

Dr. Kim holds a bachelor of science in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a doctorate of medicine from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, and a master of public health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Public Health.
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