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March 18, 2020

Twitter Journal Clubs: Medical Education in the Era of Social Media

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  • 1Department of Dermatology, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
  • 2Division of Dermatology, Department of Internal Medicine, Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin, Austin
JAMA Dermatol. 2020;156(7):729-730. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2020.0315

Twitter, a microblogging platform founded in 2006, reported 321 million active monthly users by the end of 2018.1 Physicians use Twitter to interact and in the process have created Twitter-based journal clubs, a virtual incarnation of traditional in-person journal clubs.2 Twitter journal clubs create opportunities for learning and community building, which can be powerful for small specialties such as dermatology. In this Viewpoint, we discuss how Twitter journal clubs offer a unique platform for connecting dermatologists and provide advantages beyond the traditional journal club.

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    1 Comment for this article
    Twitter Journal Clubs, Transparency And Patient Involvement
    Peter Shah, BSc MA FRCOphth FRCP Edin | University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
    Daneshjou and Adamson eloquently articulate the power of social media in relation to the concept of Twitter Journal Clubs (TJCs). I would like to offer one thought and one challenge:

    [1] Thought - As clinicians we would be able to record our participation in these TJCs and demonstrate inclusivity and diversity. Participation could be linked to Continuing Professional Development.

    [2] Challenge - In an era when ethics and transparency are rightly valued, is it possible to extend our knowledge forums to include those we are most trying to help - our patients? Could our deliberations on scientific knowledge
    become more 'open-source'?