Even More Social Networks for Clinicians

Dr. Subrahmanyam Karuturi points to a few social networks for clinicians that I wasn’t previously aware of:

Doctor Networking

DoctorNetworking.com is an online community for you to build your social net work, share your ideas, date someone and enjoy other online services. DoctorNetworking.com is a good friend and assistant of you. [sic]

RelaxDoc

Welcome to RelaxDoc.com, the exclusive online resource for physicians – a private community created by physicians, providing concise information and valuable services to help you balance your personal and professional life. Relaxdoc.com is your single source for news and information, peer networking, travel, sports, and more.

DoctorsHangout.com

Exclusive Online Social Networking for Doctors & Medical Students

DoctorsHangout.com is built with KickApps platform. It is worth noting that another platform for building social networks, Ning, has been used to create a number of social networks of potential interest to clinicians. To mention just a few:

There are many more one can find by searching Ning for words like “medicine”, or “nurse”.

I think platforms like Ning may really be best for building private networks (membership by invitation only). This might be useful for members of a practice, classmates in a clinical education program (med school, nursing school, etc.), a journal club, or perhaps clinicians associated with the same hospital.

Dr. Karuturi also mentions Doctor .VG and the Student Doctor Network. Respectfully, I cannot agree with with Dr. Karuturi that these are social networks in the way that (for example) MySpace or Facebook are social networks. Online Bulletin boards and forums have been around for a long time, and I think what separates online “social networks” from online forums and bulletin boards is that they include tools by which members manage relationships within the network- not just communications.

Previously-mentioned social networks for clinicians

Tiromed
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Tiromed is a professional knowledge network exclusively for students of medicine and physicians. The purpose of this network is to facilitate communication not only between peers at the same academic and professional level, but to allow communication between all levels.

SocialMD
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SocialMD is a great new way to network with other physicians. Whether you are a medical student, resident, fellow or physician you will find that SocialMD is a great way to meet and network with other medical professionals. There are currently more than 1700 members in SocialMD.

Clinical Village
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ClinicalVillage.com was created to give you the ability to communicate with other clinicians and build an online community where you can share your clinical and life experience with colleagues, ask and answer questions, blog about your current hot button issues, find old college or med school friends, or make new ones. This site depends on you for it’s content and direction. It’s your community, please help build it. Remember, this site has no sponsorship or any other ties to industry.

Sermo
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Welcome to the only online community where physicians around the nation exchange the latest medical insights with each other and improve patient outcomes – 24/7

Be sure to read this post about Sermo becoming the offical social network of the American Medical Association.

Healtheva
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Healtheva is a community for physicians, researchers, residents, interns, and medical students.

NurseLinkUp

Nurse LinkUp is the premier online nursing community for nursing professionals, student nurses, and those involved or interested in the nursing and healthcare industries in general.

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6 thoughts on “Even More Social Networks for Clinicians

  1. I do agree with you that Forums like http://www.doctor.vg and forums.studentdoctor.net are not social networks in pure terms. When you consider the broad idea of Social Networking, you can include any tools which help us to network socially. I do consider forums as the ancient social networks of Internet as they allowed us to meet new people. Now a days Forums are giving us a profile page where you can add your pics, join groups and also create a blog. So you can observe that new forum 2.0 concept is more inclined towards a social networking approach. Thanks for the post.

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