Social Media

I am fascinated with social media and medicine and how Web 2.0, the interactive Internet, is changing the face of medicine.

Social media can be a great way to spread medical information. Articles, standards of practice, clinical opinions….I have seen (and appreciated) then all on Twitter, Facebook, comments, and blogs.

Because social media has information, it rightly informs our patients.

Because social media is available 24/7 it rightly interests our patients,

But because social media also has opinion. Because it is the personal experience. Because it is an emotional experience it captivates our patients.

And like you, I’m also one of those patients.

Here are some articles I’ve written on social media…

To blog or not to blog? What’s the answer for your practice?

Twitter 101 for OB/GYNs: Pearls, pitfalls and potential

 

 

 

 

 

For better, or maybe worse, your patients are judging your care on-line

Discussion

12 thoughts on “Social Media

  1. I am a Women’s Health physical therapist.
    I am on Twitter too (@CherylLynnRudd) and enjoy your posts and blog.

    Would enjoy any questions or comments on my blog to get me going.
    http://womanshealthpt.blogspot.com/

    Thanks!

    Posted by Cheryl Lynn Rudd | October 26, 2011, 2:42 am
  2. Hi Dr Gunter – At WhichDoc we are also passionate about how social media can and will change the face of medicine. We believe there is a lot of untapped knowledge within social networks that can be used by patients to make better healthcare choices. Check out short (slightly humorous) intro video at http://www.whichdoc.com/video. Would love your thoughts/feedback on something like this.

    Thank you!
    Rob Morelli

    Posted by Rob Morelli | November 3, 2011, 4:01 pm
  3. Hi Dr. Jen. I’m the developer of Kegel Aerobics & Prostate Aerobics Apps. Men don’y have a clue that PCs exist, and women have been led to believe that a random squeeze while waiting will build PCs. Men are numb & dumb. Women are being ripped off by wrong information. Help me to get the word out. I will be happy to gift you an app & have a conversation with you. 305 720 4797

    Posted by Dr. Herb Ross | June 25, 2012, 8:55 am
  4. Hi Dr Jen, first of all, thank you for creating a page like this one, it’s about time! Where can I get some info out of you?

    Posted by Mandy | December 27, 2012, 12:14 pm
  5. Dear Dr. Gunter:

    It is a pleasant surprise to find you on the Internet with so many followers and I am very much impressed by your achievement in women’s health. I am Dr. Lin Tao, who worked at UMKC in Kansas City in the 1990s. I met you in Dr. Faro’s laboratory at KU Medical Center several times when I collaborated with Dr. Faro to study Lactobacillus and bacterial vaginosis. I am now a professor at University of Illinois at Chicago.

    I am writing to you today to tell you a great news for women suffering from vaginal dryness, atrophy and painful sex. My wife, an OBGYN and a drug developer, has invented a new suppository called “NeuEve.” Because it is made with all natural ingredients, it is not classified as a drug, but a personal care product, so no claims can be made per FDA regulation. But customers who used the product said that it helped to improve their vaginal dryness, atrophy and painful sex, even for women who could not have vaginal sex for more than one year due to severe atrophy and women who are treated with estrogen but without effect. This product has saved many marriages. It will be great for postmenopausal women and breast cancer survivors who have vaginal dryness, atrophy, painful sex or unable to have vaginal sex due to severe atrophy.

    Since you have great passion for women who suffer these symptoms, you may be interested in testing this product with your patients. My wife’s contact is:

    Renjie Chang, MD
    renjiechang@gmail.com
    http://www.NeuEve.com.

    Best regards,

    Lin Tao

    Posted by Dr. Lin Tao | April 20, 2013, 2:33 pm
  6. I just stumbled on your site and am very interesting in learning more about your work. Thanks for what you are doing!

    Posted by bryskates | June 22, 2013, 2:48 pm
  7. Dr. Jen, I’m back to blogging, after a brief techinical hiatus. Would love your thoughts on my most recent post:

    http://www.footanklesf.com/2013/07/05/diagnosis-insufficient-outrage-a-consideration/

    Posted by Bill Metaxas, DPM | July 5, 2013, 12:00 pm
  8. You were lucky St Thomas (we called Tommy) wasn’t very busy that day! It has a large catchment population from S London. The NHS does not charge emergency but has been exploited by people from abroad for more “planned” treatment. St Thomas is the showcase from the government on modernisation & many other things. I have been in the NHS for over 4 decades & have worked in the private sector as well as in N America and Europe. We have been trying to reform (following the US model!) so the free treatment probably won’t be anymore…. Each successive government has traumatised the NHS further and to impose further cut on health and education & social services in the UK so will there be a future??? The staff have been struggling with the onslaught since this century began. It’s breaking my heart to see the great NHS disappearing…. 1948 it was instituted.

    Posted by JC | August 14, 2014, 1:57 pm
  9. Dr. Gunter,

    I’m writing on behalf of women and babies who have been harmed by the negligent care of under-trained, uneducated midwives in out-of-hospital settings (home births and freestanding birth centers). We oppose the licensing of midwives who are not AMCB certified. We’ve created a petition to advocate for minimum regulations that should apply to out-of-hospital midwives in every state:

    1. Require a License
    2. AMCB Certification
    3, Malpractice Insurance
    4. Low-risk Scope of Practice
    5. Report Outcomes to the Public
    6. Integrated System of Care

    These goals combine the priorities of women and the guidelines of the ACOG and the AAP with the aim of making out-of-hospital birth safer — as what we currently have is completely unacceptable. We also know that our petition will help raise awareness to the risks in choosing out-of-hospital birth… we want mothers to know exactly what they are choosing which is hard to do because the home birth movement promotes with too much misinformation (and even lies), covering up the risks of home birth and blowing the risks of hospital birth out of proportion.

    Please read our petition and sign it here and SHARE: https://www.change.org/p/state-legislators-protect-mothers-babies-make-home-birth-safer

    I write about the shortcomings of our current home birth system (and other issues) for babyMed, the website of Dr. Amos Grunebaum, ObGyn: http://www.babymed.com/blogs/danielle-repp

    and on my personal site: http://www.douladani.com/

    If you have any suggestions or anything you can do to help us reach more people with our petition, we would greatly appreciate the help/insight.

    Thank you,
    Dani Repp

    Posted by Doula Dani | April 6, 2015, 5:42 pm
  10. Hello, Dr Jen

    I heard your voice on Dan Savage’s podcast and became an instant follower.

    I’m an adopted Brit and a huge fan of the NHS. And with all the recent assaults on NHS funding, I’m almost afraid this complaint will be seen as frivolous: Almost no exam rooms in UK GP surgeries have GYN stirrups. I’m a post-menopausal woman and my first pap smear in the UK (at which time I didn’t have a sexual partner, so my poor little vagina got no exercise at all) came as a massive surprise. With no stirrups, insertion and dilation of the speculum hurt *badly* — I’m afraid I revealed my New York roots by the words that came out of my mouth.

    To make it worse, the nurse couldn’t find my cervix. Three times. She finally gave up and referred me to my GP. By which time, tears of pain were running down my face and I was ready to scream, “It’s not the bloody source of the Nile! It’s my cervix! I can find it with my finger!”

    Most British women are never referred to a gynaecologist unless they have a problem — regular testing is in done in the GP surgery. How many British women avoid their pap smears out of of pain and embarrassment, and end up with cervical cancer? How can your British OB/GYN colleagues accept what seems a barbarity? I almost organised a Twitter campaign #demandstirrups, until my niece said it would be disloyal to our beloved NHS.

    I would, however, like to find out how much it would cost to install one set of exam-table stirrups in every GP surgery in the UK. Fund-raising would be a hard slog — can you imagine the embarrassment of British men when I gave my presentation? — but worthwhile.

    It’s so obvious that it barely deserves mention, but do you think this state of affairs would exist if men had to have a simple preventive procedure that needed a tiny bit of medical kit to make it comfortable for the patient?

    Thanks for the space to rant. The next time you talk with a British colleague, please give them a friendly nudge.

    All the best,
    Lauren Sarno
    Cambridge

    Posted by Lauren Sarno | December 19, 2015, 3:44 pm
  11. Hey Dr. Gunter,

    I recently read an article of your on KEVIN MD about not eating placenta….and you asked if anyone could send you some? Well after experiencing post partum depression, I figured anything would be better than that agai. I got my placenta steamed via a TCM method, dehydrated, then ground and put into pill form. I’ve got a few left, and my son is nearly 9 months old so I’d be happy to send you some for research purposes! Let me know how to do that. Thanks for looking into this! I will say, I had a great experience after having this baby. I’m happy to share, in the name of science!!

    Posted by Sarah | December 19, 2015, 11:04 pm
  12. Hi Dr. Gunter,

    Did you write that blog on yeast biofilms that you mention in your article on gentian violet? I am trying to get rid of a yeast rash in my armpits that is only held back by rx meds, not eliminated. I’ve been wondering if I’m dealing with biofilms and how I would break them. I’m trying gentian Violet now. Thanks!

    Posted by Jen | April 1, 2016, 9:07 am

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