The International Review of Psychiatry published an entire issue looking at various aspects of social media in medicine. Swapnil and I were honored to be invited to participate and we reviewed our experience with NephJC for the issue.

The issue has been made open access for the month of June and to increase appreciation of this interesting resource we are about the issue this Tuesday and Wednesday. 

The table of contents for the issue can be found here. Read editor, Margaret Chisolm's introduction to see that social media was not only the subject of the article but instrumental in creating it

Not only is this the first ever volume of the International Review of Psychiatry whose content is focused on social media, but this is also the first volume of this journal developed almost entirely via social media. All of the articles in this issue, with the exception of two, were authored by individuals I first encountered on Twitter. Thus, this is truly the first volume of the International Review of Psychiatry that Twitter built.
— Margaret S. Chisolm


Remember the articles will disappear behind a pay wall after June so make sure you grab them now while you can. The topics for discussion are:

  • Topic Zero: What articles caught your eye? Which ones did you like best? Which ones did you recommend others to read?
  • Topic One: How does social media affect life-long medical learning. One of the articles directly addresses this, but many of the articles (The NephJC one in particular, and this one on Twitter as a learning platform) touch on this.
  • Topic Two: Professional and ethical use of social media. Many of the best articles deal with both the novel and old issues of professionalism and ethical behavior (here and here). Social media's immediacy and wide reach change the type of interactions medical professionals have. This is a brave new world and these issues need to be tackled and understood to steer social media to a useful end.  
  • Topic Three: The Future of social media and medicine. Where is this heading? How will the next generation of medical students use social media? Will Social Medicine remain in public forums like Twitter or retreat behind password protected walls to only be seen by other physicians?

Invite other social media mavens, this is the NephJC that casts a wide net and should interest lots of tweeps.

-Joel Topf  

The chat was a raging success with a huge number of participants. The transcript is available here.

Storify for both chats should be available soon.