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American College of Physicians, Massachusetts Chapter, Physicians and Social Media: Keeping it Professional Conference

The conference was hosted by the Council of Early Career Physicians of the American College of Physicians (ACP) Massachusetts Chapter on Thursday, September 26, 2013.  It was held at the Massachusetts Medical Society in Waltham, Massachusetts.



The information was really relevant, and there  were three great speakers–Dr. Don Dizon, Dr. Bradley Crotty, and Dr. Tara Lagu.

Don Dizon, MD, FACP, is an Assistant in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and sees patients at the Gillette Center for Gynecologic Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Cancer Center, where he also Founder and Director of the Oncology Sexual Health Clinic.  Dr. Dizon serves on the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Cancer Communications Committee.  In addition to his regular column on ASCO connection, which won a 2013 Apex Grand Award, he is a blogger for MGH and Deputy Editor at UpToDate.  You can follow Dr. Dizon on Twitter @drdonsdizon.  He discussed the “Risks and Benefits of Social Media for Physicians.”

In his presentation, Dr. Dizon presented the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s 10 Tips for Use of Social Media.

20 Tips from ASCO with Don

Bradley Crotty, MD, MPH, FACP, physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Instructor at Harvard Medical School spoke about the concept of “Traveling with Two Passports: Dual Citizenship on the Net.”  More information can be found at Dr. Crotty’s personal website scholar.harvard.edu/crotty.  You can follow Dr. Crotty on Twitter @bradcrotty.

Bradley Smiling

Dr. Crotty smiling for the camera.

Just as a person can have two passports, Dr. Crotty discussed the importance of separating a public from a private identity for physicians on the internet.

Two Passports

Public and Private Image with Bradley

Tara Lagu, MD, MPH, FACP, Academic Hospitalist  at the Center for Quality of Care Research and Department of Medicine at Baystate Medical Center and Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine discussed the importance of avoiding poor judgement in impulsive situations, which she called “Avoiding Drunken Pirate Syndrome.”

Tara Laughing

Dr. Lagu enjoying the conference.

In her presentation, she clarified that there is a difference between a Digital Immigrant (those who are still getting used to the internet) and Digital Natives (those who can’t imagine life without the internet).

Digital Immigrants with Tara

The Planning Committee consisted of Milan Mathew, MD, MPH, FACP, Andrew Zimolzak, MD, MMSc, ACP member, Phoebe Cushman, MD, ACP Member, Gene Lambert, MD, MBA, ACP member, Lynda Layer, CAE, Chapter Coordinator, Jason Luke, MD, ACP Member Larissa Lucas, MD, FACP, Natalie Pauli, MD, FACP, and Steven Van Dam, MD, ACP Member.

You can learn more about the ACP Massachusetts Chapter and the events they’re hosting at their facebook site, https://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsACP.

You can learn more about the ACP at their website, http://www.acponline.org/.

Milan and Andrew Standing

Dr. Mathew and Dr. Zimolzak looking dapper.

(Written by Jennifer Joe, MD, www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferjoemd/@JenniferJoeMD, jen@medstro.com.)

Jennifer M. Joe, MD

Jennifer M. Joe, MD

    My passion is healthcare optimization, whether that is with innovation, making scientific discoveries, or improving delivery. I love bringing people and ideas together and making projects work. With this, medicine exists to improve lives, and I will strive to always help patients and those around me.

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