Just Talking with Dr. Mike Sevilla

Dr. Mike Sevilla returns to the podcast to discuss the growth of social media use among the physician community, how he helps his peers see the benefits of social media, and the prospects of an engaged physician community among health care conversations online. We also talk about the value of disconnecting from the Internet from time to time and Dr. Sevilla’s anticipation. Enjoy!

You can also follow Dr. Sevilla on Twitter @drmikesevilla, and drmikesevilla.com.

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Here’s The Conference Schedule for Medicine X 2014

If you’re reading this, then you 1. know that Medicine X is a big deal to me and 2. you likely have some connection to diabetes.

To that first point, the full conference schedule for this year’s Medicine X has been finalized and published. You can find it here. This year I’ll be moderating the opening panel (again) and serving as a moderator for a breakout session too. Naturally there will be a lot of tweets during the weekend and a number of blog posts leading up to the conference, but there’s plenty of time for that.

To the second point, the diabetes community will be well represented throughout the weekend. Dana Lewis will be talking about the digital divide among patients and the DIYPS. Scott Strange will be on three different panels discussing mental health and chronic disease patients. And Kim Vlasnik will be giving an ePatient Ignite Talk on the main stage.

And if you’re up for a little bonus, there’s even a breakout session talking about #dsma twitter chats.

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About That #dstigma Chat

Sunday evening I moderated a Twitter chat for Johnson & Johnson around diabetes stigmas. Prior to the in-person event, they had asked a number of people in the diabetes community to share stigmas they have experienced or encountered. From there, the objective was to share stigmas with the broader online community and hopefully learn how to deal with the blame, shame, and anger.

Along with stigmas, I think complications is the only other topic that has to be carefully approached in a public forum. It’s easy to lash out at the uninformed, especially on a platform like Twitter, so there was particular care taken with the questions and prompts I posted throughout the night. The objective was to have people open up without feeling exploited or embarrassed.

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This Weekend at Scientific Sessions

More sights and tweets from the weekend that was.

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At Scientific Sessions

In an instance of irony that is not lost upon me, the American Diabetes Association’s Scientific Sessions will be in San Francisco this year – I drove across the country only to have them follow me here. Starting Wednesday afternoon, I’ll be working the floor as a “red shirt”, helping attendees find their way from room to room and assisting in the poster hall. This will be my fourth adventure at the largest diabetes conference in the world (San Diego, Philadelphia, Chicago, and now home).

I’ll be sharing my experiences on Twitter and Instagram when I can, so if you want to see what the conference is like from my perspective, you know where to find me. The hashtag du semaine is #2014ada if you want to follow the broader conversation – hopefully there will actually be a conversation instead of people spamming the hashtag or retweeting press releases.

Also, I’ll be moderating the Twitter chat during Johnson & Johnson’s Meet and Tweet. The chat will be covering diabetes stigmas, and I’ll be coordinating everything from the @DiabetesSocMed account that Sunday. Things seem to be appropriately timed for all time zones (in that it’ll be before Game of Thrones). If you’ll be around, I invite you to join the conversation. Here are the details.  Continue reading