Over the last few months the EMconf hashtag has built a large and active membership (visit FOAMfeeds for the latest posts). It’s been great for the EM/CC conversation. The hashtag continues to gain momentum and it stands to reason that other specialties might also benefit from creating a continuous, asynchronous educational conversation vis-a-vis FOAMed.
In the spirit of #EMconf, Salim Rezaie of Academic Life in Emergency Medicine and Knowmedge, came up with the idea of #IMconf. As a fellow EM/IM doc I think it’s brilliant. The world of IM FOAM desperately needs a boost. Hopefully, Internal Medicine residents and residencies from around the world will join the party by tweeting from traditional activities: Morning Report, Noon Conference, Journal Club, Grand Rounds, etc…
IMconf, like EMconf, appears to be gaining traction. In the past 3 days, the hashtag has produced 198 tweets from 87 participants with more than 135,ooo impressions. For those who are not yet on Twitter, we’ve added an #IMconf page to FOAMfeeds.
Below is the first paragraph from Salim’s introductory post. Click on the link at the end to read the entire article, and be sure to share this with your IM colleagues!
Introducing #IMConf Twitter Hashtag
Recently the EM community found a way to spread education amongst programs globally by creating the hashtag #EMConf. Residents, students, as well as programs tweet live from their didactics using this hashtag so that others can learn from each other virtually. Although IM conferences are not a half-day, once a week event, we do have morning report, grand rounds, noon conference, as well as other types of education including question/answer, journal club, etc. Why not tweet this information out and share it with each other?
New Hashtag #IMConf