Doctors discuss their own care on Twitter

You don’t see or hear doctors talk about themselves in public very often. Yet it happened last night – on Twitter.

Just when I thought I had seen it all, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners organised its first twitter chat for GPs. The topic was ‘doctors treating doctors’.

It was a great example of effective social media use and a free, open access learning opportunity for social media savvy GPs. Doctors are usually not the best patients, nor are they always comfortable looking after colleagues. It was heartening to see that the RACGP and many doctors were willing to discuss these personal topics on Twitter.

The chat was unique for several reasons:

  • It took place on a public forum
  • Doctors openly discussing their own care doesn’t happen every day
  • It was the first twitter chat organised by the RACGP
  • Doctors could earn CPD points by participating

Twitter chats go at high-speed – especially when there are many participants. This can be a challenge, but the amount of valuable information shared within that one hour was amazing. I certainly learned a lot, and for me it was a reminder to book an annual check-up with my GP.

Someone tweeted:

Thrilled to see this first live Twitter Ed event for Aussie GPs run by @RACGP. It’s been a long time coming! Peer to peer at its best.

Couldn’t agree more. You can check it all out under the Twitter hashtag #RACGPed.

Many thanks to the RACGP(WA), Dr Penny Wilson, Dr Hilton Koppe and Dr Sean Stevens for organising the first RACGP Twitter chat.