UK Cardiovascular Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator Dr. Craig J. Beavers originally used his Twitter account to follow journals and to track new studies and articles, but he quickly realized the online platform’s value in forging connections with other thought leaders in the field.
“It’s also causing healthcare providers to think about something many haven't thought about before, which is, ‘What is your brand and how are you building it?’” Beavers said. “The more people we have who are engaged and involved on social media, the better, because that puts not only you but also the entire university in front of a much larger community. It has a huge impact for UK.”
Twitter’s impact on cardiology is only just now being realized. Studies have shown that published papers are cited more frequently and more rapidly when authored by someone who’s highly engaged on social media. Research also has discovered a direct correlation between the reputational rankings of the Top 20 cancer centers and the numbers of physicians at those institutions who are engaged on Twitter.
“It has become so professionally recognized that people are asking, ‘How do you document information like this on your CV?’” Beavers said. “Twitter has become a part of the academic identity.”