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Tips and tricks on how to use Twitter

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 01 November 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2225

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  1. Daniel Rzewnicki, third year medical student1,
  2. Nikki Nabavi, editorial scholar2
  1. 1Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, US
  2. 2The BMJ 2020-21
  1. Daniel.rzewnicki{at}

Four expert users at Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, talk Twitter to Daniel Rzewnicki and give some invaluable advice for those wanting to use this platform in a healthcare environment

Twitter is a common communication tool for individuals, organisations, scientific journals, and learned bodies such as the Royal Colleges,1 and it has been recognised as a useful tool for medical education, networking and connecting with other students or faculty, and a tool for creative writing and reflection.23

BMJ Student spoke to doctors with a following on Twitter (box 1) who share their advice on how to use this social media application effectively.

Box 1

Meet the doctors from Emory University School of Medicine, Georgia, Atlanta

Kimberly Manning (@gradydoctor)

Kimberly Manning is a professor and associate vice chair of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Oprah Magazine described her blog as “one of the top four medical blogs you should read.” Manning is active on Twitter and has more than 80 000 followers.

Jennifer Spicer (@JenniferSpicer4)

Jennifer Spicer is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and director of the Distinction in Medical Education for the internal medicine residency programme. She is passionate about curriculum development and instructional methods in medical education.

Meredith Greer (@EmmGeezee)

Meredith Greer is a newly appointed assistant professor in pulmonary and critical care and sleep medicine with a clinical interest in neuromuscular pulmonology. She is passionate about medical education and she is a constant source of positivity on Twitter.

Caroline Coleman (@cg_coleman)

Caroline Coleman finished medical school at Emory University in May 2020 and stayed on for an internal medicine residency. She is a graphic artist whose illustrations have appeared in board review books, infographics, and visual abstracts.


Getting started

If you are new to Twitter or social media, helpful summaries are available to get you started on the basics, such as finding your way around the app or understanding …

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