Matthew Katz, MD is Medical Director, Radiation Oncology at Lowell General Hospital in the Greater Boston Area. But those on Twitter and in the blogosphere know him as “subatomicdoc”: a ‘handle’ he’s been using for a number of years on the Internet.
Thursday December 12, Dr. Katz was the guest on the Health Communication, Health Literacy and Social Sciences Twitter chat #HCHLITSS and shared his experiences as a physician who is active on Twitter.
From early on he has understood the importance of being involved in social media.
— Matthew Katz (@subatomicdoc) December 13, 2013
Here are 5 reasons for being active on social media.
1) Learning from patients:
As a guest on HCHLITSS, Dr. Katz was asked
Q3) @subatomicdoc You started to follow #bcsm during the second or third chat…what have you learned from #breastcancer #patients that you didn’t know before participating?
The Breast Cancer Social Media chat #BCSM started July 4, 2011 and Dr. Katz has been there providing guidance but also receiving support.
2) Teaching patients:
Social media provides a rare opportunity to teach and reach thousands.
Many physicians worry about being misinterpreted on the Internet but Dr. Katz doesn’t.
3) Continuing medical education:
Social media is pervasive in our society. Hiding from it isn’t productive.
4) Learning about your profession:
Through discussions with patients from all walks of life, physicians can learn more about the way they are perceived as a group.
And learning about yourself
5) Exchanging information with other healthcare providers:
— Matthew Katz (@subatomicdoc) January 10, 2012
Being active on social media can be a daunting prospect for physicians and other healthcare providers. But it is worth it.