I just got back from the 5th annual meeting of Medicine 2.0 http://www.medicine20congress.com/ocs/index.php/med/med2012 in Boston where technology innovators like http://empathetics.com/, patients like http://epatientdave.com/, tech-savvy behavioral researchers like the text2quit group http://www.quit.org.nz/txt2quit/page/txt2quit_5.php and medical educators like Harry Goldberg http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/institute_excellence_education/about/leadership/managing_board/goldberg.html gathered gathered to meet and share ideas.
I went primarily to support my mentee and 2012 Hopkins SOM grad Christine Cheston http://www.medicine20congress.com/ocs/social/christinecheston who was presenting a poster of our (Cheston, Flickinger, and Chisolm) systematic review of the opportunities and challenges of social media use in medical education http://www.medicine20congress.com/ocs/index.php/med/med2012/paper/view/901. Christine is now a Harvard Pediatrics intern so couldn’t stay for the whole conference (duty called), but the poster got a lot of attention and she was kept busy walking people through the poster. She was one of very few trainees at the meeting, this was her first poster presentation at an international meeting, and she did a great job and was very well received!
Not only did I enjoy seeing Christine again, but I got to meet up with several medical educators with whom I chat on Thursday evenings during the Twitter #meded chat. The leader of that chat, Ryan Madanick, a GI doc at UNC, posted his impressions of the conference here http://gutcheckblog.com/2012/09/16/my-med-2-0-med2-experience/. I also really liked getting to know some of the patients and patient advocates who have a high social media profile. They helped keep the reason we do what we do front and center: to help patients. I look forward to continuing to be inspired by them via Twitter and their blogs.
Dr. Madanick and I, along with some of our fellow #meded chatters are already working on an abstract for next year’s Medicine 2.0 conference in London. But, until then, I’ll be keeping up with my new acquaintances and #meded colleagues in the virtual world only.