We met on the internet. In an era when a fair share of married couples first connect in the virtual world, it should be unsurprising that the internet has also revolutionized the way that professional collaborators find one another. In our case, we connected because of a shared interest in promoting gender equity in oncology. Social media has not only led us to a productive research and mentoring relationship but also to a vast community of like-minded individuals. Women physicians, in particular, appear to be eager to harness the ability of social media to combat the unique challenges they face, including unconscious bias, conscious harassment, and gendered expectations relating to domestic and career responsibilities. Such challenges are compounded when one feels isolated; social media offers a revolutionary solution by creating communities where none existed before. We share our own experience here to illustrate how social media is creating new communities within medicine and offers an unprecedented sphere for unfiltered discussion and advancement of new ideas, in the hopes of inspiring others to harness its great potential.
Knoll MA, Jagsi R. Cancer Care Chronicles—Social Media and Gender Equity in Oncology. JAMA Oncol. Published online November 15, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.4647
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