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Text Messaging and Physician Communication: Tweeting Others as We Would Want to Be Tweeted


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he Maryland Medicine Journal, the quarterly journal produced by the Maryland State Medical Association, has recently published an op-ed article written by AACOM Associate VP for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education Tyler Cymet, DO, entitled “Text Messaging and Physician Communication: Tweeting Others as We Would Want to Be Tweeted.” The premise of the article is totwitter-bird-blue-on-white outline how modern communication tools, such as text messaging and social media, can be leveraged by physicians while maintaining a high level of professionalism.

"Twitter is the perfect medium for physicians to take control of the dialogue on health concerns ... that arise in the media and generate fear," Dr. Cymet explains. "Twitter can be used to develop better relationships between physicians and patients by breaking down communications barriers."
The article briefly touches on the historical use of text messages, but primarily highlights the benefits of using social media and text messaging in professional medical practice. The article is featured in the Maryland Medicine Journal, Volume 16, Issue 3, under the issue theme, “The Digital Physician.”

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November 2015
Vol. 9, No. 11