Social Networking for Physicians

I recently returned from the Medicine 2.0 Congress in Toronto where I had the privilege of meeting Dr. John Sharp from the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Peter Murray from the UK, and two exciting young innovators Bertalan Mesko from Hungary and Jennifer McGabe Gorman from the US. What was particularly interesting about all of these meetings was I knew these people from their online presence long before I saw them at the conference. Personally I make more interesting connections to people through my online world than I ever make at solely F2F medical conferences.
Physicians join online communities for many reasons including:
* professional connections
* international connections
* personal connections
* professional development
* unanswered questions.
Here are some of the latest social networking sites.
Created by the Canadian Medical Association, it’s exclusively for Canadian physicians, residents and medical students, so you’ll know exactly who you’re connecting with here. With Asklepios, you can:
* Create and join groups where you can talk about topics of interest, whether professional or social
* Send secure messages to your colleagues or chat in real-time
* Create and invite people to events and track your R.S.V.P.s
And don’t forget, you can connect with confidence, knowing this is a secure service from the Canadian Medical Association provided exclusively for Canadian physicians.
Within3 is the private professional networking site exclusively for health and life science practitioners to find, connect and collaborate with the right colleague, right now. Membership is free and by invitation only.
* Save time finding a reputable specialist or resource worldwide
* Connect to new colleagues through those you know and trust
* Control who you interact with and how
* Share information in a safe, easy-to-use environment
New Media Medicine
New Media Medicine is a UK site with 45,813 members that is so exclusive I couldn’t even get information from the website!
Medical Education Evolution
This one is my personal favourite because it’s small, very international and about my favourite topic – medical education.

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