Dr. Jacob Reider says that he remains “…unconvinced that there will be a ‘my space’ for physicians. We just don’t have the time for ‘social networks.'”
A few thoughts on this:
- I frequently come across the implication that physicians are all somehow more busy and pressed for time than other hard-working professionals. I believe this is nonsense
I use “nonsense” here as a polite substitution for the word I’m actually thinking.which is commonly accepted without question. (If a resident, however, wants to suggest that she/he is more busy than most, I’m not going to argue — mostly because people who are that tired may have short tempers …and I don’t want to get smacked.)
- Dr. Reider seems to believe that having a presence on a social network takes a lot of time. It doesn’t for me. I spend about 5 minutes per week dealing with my LinkedIn account. The account makes me more findable and helps me get in touch with new and interesting people in my fields of endeavor.
- I think that a lot of people join online social networks for a lot of reasons. Some enjoy the conversation with professional colleagues, some see it as an opportunity to schmooze and meet people likely to impact their careers, some see it as a useful current awareness tool. I think that a physician (or librarian) who sees value in the activity will make time for it. If Dr. Reider doesn’t think it’ll benefit him in any way, he shouldn’t join one.
- I notice a lot of librarians suggesting that they don’t have time for LIS current awareness or for learning new technologies. I believe that by taking this attitude, these librarians are crippling their career potential.
- Many physicians appear to find/make the time for social networks. In early June, Sermo reported between 15,000 and 16,000 members. I don’t, offhand, know the member counts for Healtheva, Tiromed, SocialMD, Clinical Village, Doctor Networking, RelaxDoc, DoctorsHangout.com, MedicSpeak, Doctors.net.uk or Prometeo, but I suspect there are a good bit more than 16,000 physicians participating in online social networks.