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Why We Tweet: Neurologists Tell All

doi: 10.1097/01.NT.0000525672.12518.b2
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Teshamae Monteith, MD @HeadacheMD

Place of work and city: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Miami, FL

Subspecialty: Headache Neurology

Years on Twitter: Joined January 2010 (7-8 years)

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WHY DID YOU JOIN TWITTER?

I learned about Twitter during the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Forum in 2008. I was encouraged to participate in social media with the goals of advocating for the needs of neurologists, patients, and our field. However, it was not until January 11, 2010 that I set up my account. I tweeted about my first Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill which was focused on traumatic brain injury and headache disorders.

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HOW DO YOU HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT NEUROLOGY?

I spread the word about neurology by posting interesting research, podcasts, articles or initiatives in the field. I also support the work and (tweets) of colleagues by retweeting. As an editorial advisor for Neurology Now, I especially like to share articles for patients. Migraine is the number one disease on Twitter. So, I think we are doing something right.

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WHO DO YOU FOLLOW?

Ralph Sacco @DrSaccoNeuro

Neurology Journal @GreenJournal

Neurology Now @NeurologyNow

AAN Public @AANPublic

American Headache Society @ahsheadache

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PROUDEST MOMENT ON TWITTER?

I am very proud of the migraine podcast I hosted for Neurology. We had amazing experts discuss a broad range of migraine topics. https://twitter.com/HeadacheMD/status/768618474490957827

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ANY TWEETS YOU REGRETTED?

To date, I have never regretted a tweet. However, I do reserve the right to delete should that time come.

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WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST UNEXPECTED MOMENT IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS?

My most unexpected moment was when I apologized to my patient for not being in clinic due to a national conference that I had to attend. She told me that she knew all about it. She had been tracking me on Twitter!

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PLEASE LINK HERE TO YOUR FAVORITE POST/TWEET.

My favorite neurology tweet was actually a salute from the AAN for World Brain Day. Neurological disorders result in tremendous suffering. The work that we do is sometimes really tough. Every once in a while, it is nice to log on, support one another, and recognize the good that we do as a profession. https://twitter.com/AANMember/status/756531235426488321

—As told to Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, FAAN

Want to share your story/experiences with Twitter in neurology? Send a tweet out to @OrlyA.

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