I have been at an echocardiography course down in Florida for a few days. Echocardiograms are ultrasounds of the heart that show me what your heart looks like, how well it squeezes and how well the valves open and close. I interpret them at Lions Gate Hospital, and to do so well, one must periodically update one’s skills. Going to a beautiful place like Florida doesn’t hurt either. 🙂
Being a doctor requires me to constantly update my skills. Like most doctors we cardiologists commit to a given number of continuing medical education credits. A given number of these is a requirement to continue to use some of the professional designations I put after my name. (In the US this is actually required to remain licenced.) I find this just a formality, to stay on top of things means that I am way ahead of what I am required to do.
I actually use a lot of twitter to keep up to date. What I do is follow websites and other doctors who produce useful medical information. When I see something interesting or important I then click on the link to the full report. This practice enables me to scan a lot of information very quickly, and extract only what is relevant to me. I have a professional account for work only, and a personal account for my personal inerests. I find I spend most of my time actually on my professional account!
If you are interested my twitter account is twitter.com/johnrvcardio. Follow me if you like and send me a message! Most of my tweets are retweets (rebroadcasts) of other pieces of information. As such a number of them are somewhat technical. I am trying to make my tweets more relevant to the lay person, however, with more content directly from me, so I hope this will be useful and interesting to you.
I am interested to know how you keep up in your chosen field? Do you use twitter at all and do you find it useful?? Please leave me a comment (the previous problem with comments was apparently something called “scripting” which has now been fixed).