A Social Media Success! First #JHMChat by the Numbers

First, thank you to everyone who joined us on October 12th for our first Journal of Hospital Medicine (@JHospMedicine) Twitter chat, known in the Twitterverse as #JHMChat. I was joined on Twitter by Chris Moriates (@chrismoriates) author of a recently published Choosing Wisely: Things We Do for No Reason paper entitled, “Nebulized bronchodilators instead of metered-dose inhalers for obstructive pulmonary symptoms” and we and others asked Dr. Moriates questions about his research and the paper. Interestingly, Chris and I were tweeting from my living room in Chicago, and for a split second, we looked at each other at 8pm CST and had that last minute feeling that it was going to be just us…but boy, were we wrong! Tweeters came out in droves to ask questions, share stories, and also discuss ways to get more people on board with inhalers instead of nebulizers.

If you happened to miss it, don’t fret because you can check out the highlights of the conversation on SHM’s storify, which is a curated summary of the conversation and feel free to post your comment in this post below.

Third, here’s a recap of the #JHMChat by the numbers:

  • 75 Participants
  • 437 Tweets
  • 2 million impressions
  • 60 minutes of thoughtful dialogue

So, thank you for joining us, students, residents QI experts and healthcare institutions for participating. Lastly, I’d like to give a shout out and thank you to our promotional partners the ABIM Foundation and the Costs of Care for helping us get the word out about #JHMChat, as well as the social media team at SHM and Wiley.

Lastly, we had such a good time, we are going to do it again. Mark your calendars for our next #JHMChat on #ThingsWeDoForNoReason after we ring in the New Year on January 11th 2016 at 9pm EST.

Vineet Arora MD, MPP is Director of GME Clinical Learning Environment and Assistant Dean for Scholarship and Discovery at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Dr. Arora’s scholarly work has focused on resident duty hours, patient handoffs, sleep, and quality and safety of hospital care. She is the recipient of the SHM Excellence in Hospital Medicine Research Award in 2007. Her work has appeared in numerous journals, including JAMA and the Annals of Internal Medicine, and has received coverage from the New York Times, CNN, and US News & World Report. She was selected as ACP Hospitalist Magazine’s Top Hospitalist in 2009 and by HealthLeaders Magazine as one of 20 who make healthcare better in 2011. She has testified to the Institute of Medicine on resident duty hours and to Congress about increasing medical student debt and the primary care crisis. As an academic hospitalist, she supervises medical residents and students caring for hospitalized patients.

Dr. Arora is an avid social media user, and serves as Deputy Social Media Editor to the Jounral of Hospital Medicine, helping to maintain its Twitter feed and Facebook presence. She blogs about her experiences at http://www.FutureDocsblog.com and actively tweets at @futuredocs.

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