Department of Medicine

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine & UH Case Medical Center

Happy Doctors Day!

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The Department of Medicine would like to wish all physicians and future physicians a very Happy Doctors’ Day!

Each year, March 30th is designated as National Doctors’ Day.  The holiday, while not officially signed into law until the early 1990s, originated in the 1930s by a physician’s wife in North Georgia.

The Department of Medicine at Case Western Reserve Univeristy and University Hospitals Case Medical Center are proud to recognize Doctors Day. As physicians, you sacrifice so much of your life for all the additional years of school and training, plus being on call and taking time away from your families to care for those in need.  Many people don’t realize the level of pressure and stress that physicians deal with, how much debt many of you take on to become a doctor (the average is about $140,000, but many doctors have up to $250,000 in school debt), and the high cost of practicing medicine today.

Therefore, we would like to thank you for all your hard work, sacrifices, and care that you provide to so many people each and every day!  We hope you have a very enjoyable Doctors’ Day! You have more than earned it!

Is Twitter necessary for physicians and other medical professionals? Vote now

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Twitter has captured the mainstream imagination, with celebrities and news organizations embracing the medium. Will Twitter soon be an essential tool for medical practices? VOTE NOW

More doctors are using Twitter to connect both with patients and other medical professionals. Some hospitals have “live-Tweeted” surgery, to great fanfare, allowing the public a peek into the operating room and giving them an opportunity to ask the surgeons questions mid-procedure.

Other doctors use Twitter to communicate with patients. Generally not to give medical advice, but to guide the public to reputable sources of information, or share breaking medical news. The CDC, for instance, uses Twitter to provide constant updates on H1N1 influenza.

Finally, Twitter offers an invaluable opportunity for doctors to ask questions of other medical providers. Given the real-time nature of Twitter, opinions and answers to clinical issues can be obtained immediately.

Some doctors simply do not have enough time to Twitter, or utilize other social media applications like Facebook. And time spent with patients in the social media sphere is certainly not compensated by health insurance.

But Twitter is a valuable way to reach thousands of people at once. And for busy doctors, who often need to both inform patients and connect with other medical colleagues, that can be an invaluable.

I encourage you to vote in this week’s CWRUmedicine SHARE communication poll, located below, to tell us what you think.

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