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Daniel Vela, MD, (Twitter handle @DanielVelaMD)
Place of work and city: University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO
Subspecialty: Vascular Neurology
Years on Twitter: 8 years
WHY DID YOU JOIN TWITTER?
I joined Twitter back in August of 2008 hoping I could network and share thoughts with medical students and applicants to residency in neurology. With time, Twitter became a tool to share comments and questions about articles and cases.
HOW DO YOU HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT NEUROLOGY?
First, I try to engage students and residents sharing my passion for the specialty. Second, I highlight and tweet about relevant articles in vascular neurology and reviews in other subspecialties that could be of interest to the general neurologist. Third, I also try to raise awareness about stroke, epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease, interacting with patients and advocates. Again, a great tool for it.
I also tweet in Spanish aiming to reach medical students interested in the specialty and neurology residents interested in discussing cases or papers. They are mostly in South America. Twitter also provides a great presence of neuroradiologists and vascular neurologists from Spain, and interacting with them is rewarding as well.
WHO DO YOU FOLLOW?
Lancet Neurology @TheLancetNeuro
JAMA Neurology @JAMANeuro
Neurology Clinical Practice @NeurologyCP
Nature Reviews Neurology @NatRevNeurol
Italo Linfante, MD, AHA, @ItaloLinfante
Víctor Manuel Suárez-Vega, MD @VctorSurez
Waleed Brinjikji, MD @WBrinjikji
Sergio Calleja, MD, PHD @Montecoya
Luciano Sposato, MD, MBA @SposatoL
PROUDEST MOMENT ON TWITTER?
World Brain Day, July 22, 2016. I posted a picture of what represents my ultimate career goal and the impact it can make on patients. https://twitter.com/DanielVelaMD/status/756682671535845376
Also, the day I became a diplomate of the ABPN; I had passed my neurology boards. https://twitter.com/DanielVelaMD/status/674991917529210880
ANY TWEETS YOU REGRETTED?
The few tweets I shared before and after the recent presidential elections. I soon realized that discussions on political issues should be left out of my Twitter profile.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST UNEXPECTED MOMENT IN 140 CHARACTERS OR LESS?
I used to share quotes from attendings or even patients. Towards the end of my PGY3, one of my stroke attendings told me: “I'll never give you compliments on your performance, ‘cause you might get too confident.’” https://twitter.com/DanielVelaMD/status/362363585432797187
PLEASE LINK HERE TO YOUR FAVORITE NEUROLOGY POST/TWEET.
The day the CNS lymphatic vessels were described.
Also, the day when the first trial favoring mechanical thrombectomy was published. The excitement about how our field was going to change was immense. https://twitter.com/DanielVelaMD/status/545259774867435521
—As told to Orly Avitzur, MD, MBA, FAAN, chair of the AAN Medical Economics & Management Committee and associate editor of Neurology Today. Send her a message at @OrlyA