One of the best ways to stay connected with CHEST and up-to-date on the latest news and research is through our social channels. Twitter is a social platform that is constantly growing for the organization. Since 2009, we’ve had the opportunity to connect with over 20,000 individuals and impact millions with just a simple tweet or sharing of information. As a means to inform our highly active audience and bring the conversation to a social space, we’ve utilized the platform to help drive the conversation on various topics. CHEST moderates a public conversation via Twitter (@accpchest) around topics in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine every few weeks.
So, what exactly is a Twitter chat? Twitter chats are conversations that are held on the social platform and linked together by a distinct hashtag. We typically use the hashtag #pulmCC (which stands for pulmonary, critical care) and allow individuals from all across the globe to join in on the conversation and share their input. In addition to being a great networking opportunity, our chat recently began offering MOC points to CHEST members who attend Twitter chats and are eligible to receive participation points. We recently began offering CME credit for some of our chats, as well.
Over the last 6 years, we’ve hosted a wide range of Twitter chat topics, ranging from asthma to lung cancer. Some of those chats focused on the following topics:
- The Best of 2017: Highlights, Advancements, New Science
- Improving Lung Health Through Pulmonary Rehabilitation
- Caring for the Caregiver: Vulnerability and Burnout
- What Trainees Need to Know About Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep
- #VTEonSoMe Twitter Chat—Let’s Talk Blood Clots! Surgeries, Birth Control, and 40
This past March, we held our Twitter chat Sepsis: Revisions, Advancements, New Therapies, led by Drs. Chris Carroll, Alex Niven, and Steven Q. Simpson. We had over 4.2 million impressions!
Every Twitter chat serves a different purpose, typically based on the topic and the individuals we believe would be most interested in the topic. These chats help us spark conversations on the latest research, advancements, and potential opportunities within the pulmonary/critical care field. They also provide physicians with a great opportunity to network and get acquainted with the #pulmCC community.