One of biggest benefits of joining Twitter is advancing professional knowledge while simultaneously growing personal connections by networking with colleagues in your specialty. Commonsense advice is to follow surgical societies, surgical journals, and leading surgeons (both domestic and international).
Doing such allows you to learn about the latest research, discover upcoming events, and read opinions from notable surgeons. Additionally, you should follow other non-surgeon physicians and patients who are positively-effecting the medical industry.
Be sure read the related article describing a few especially interesting Twitter accounts you might want to check out.
How to Sign Up for Twitter
Below you’ll find an iillustrated step-by-step guide for setting up your Twitter account.
Go to http://twitter.com
and find the sign-up box,
or go directly to
Enter your full name, email address, and a password.
Click Sign up.
Next, enter a username (usernames are unique identifiers on Twitter).
- If the username you want isn’t available, keep trying different versions until Twitter accepts it. Don’t make it too complex because it should be easy for people to type.
Next, you’ll be asked to enter your cell number. You can skip this for now if you like.
Next, select topics you’d like to include in your Twitter feed (AKA Timeline — the tweets you receive).
- Your choices help to populate a list of potential accounts you’ll see in the dialog box following this one.
You’ll now see a long list of well known, popular twitter accounts, selected according to the topics you chose in the previous dialog box. All accounts are included in your feed by default.
- Your task is to choose only those you’d really like to follow. You can also type in the name(s) of people you already know, to follow them as well. The blue “Continue” command button displays how many accounts you’re choosing to follow. Don’t worry too much about it. You can always unfollow them later.
You’re done! YAY.
- Bookmark this page in your browser so you can return for a quick 10-minute daily read-through. It’s like reading the newpaper only better.
- There’s a lot more you can do with Twitter but for now, just get used to checking your feed for breaking news on topics you’re most interested in following. Congrats!