At ASH 2018 in San Diego, users took to Twitter to share their thoughts about the conference, including about how the conference highlighted the importance of Twitter and other social media. ASH 2018 put a spotlight on social media this year, with a special session on the topic.
Amber Yates, MD gave a presentation about how social media has helped her career as a pediatric hematologist who specializes in sickle cell anemia. Doximity did an exclusive interview with her at ASH.
Some used Twitter to help engage with the conversation or with others they only knew from Twitter.
A boatload of tweets from key authors does not mean the conversation was valuable. The true measure of value at any medical conference is the level of connection and exchange between the various stakeholders involved. [12/14/17] @SvenC @W2OGroup https://t.co/iIuKS9fTEW #ASHsm— Mike Thompson, MD, PhD, FASCO (@mtmdphd) December 5, 2018
#ASH18 Honored to meet with the great @BldCancerDoc , master Physician-Investigator, here at @ASH_hematology Meeting. In the modern digital information era, Now more than ever, it's not just about #HowITreat ; it's also about #HowITweet | #MeetingWithinTheMeeting #ASHsm pic.twitter.com/7QEBTpTgpF— Naveen Pemmaraju, MD (@doctorpemm) December 2, 2018
Conference-goers also took a meta approach and tweeted about tweets.
Very informative talk and panel by @TChanMD and colleagues on the evolving role of #SoMe in medicine: to stay current, disseminate knowledge, advocate for patients, connect with colleagues and advance an academic career. #ASH18 #ASHsm @TChanMD @ASH_hematology pic.twitter.com/E07hC8vaib— Siraj Mithoowani (@SMithoowani) December 2, 2018
And of course, some shared their favorite sessions or funny thoughts.
Reading and telling stories is part of our critical thinking about being in the world. And being in medicine as physicians. Without doubt, one of the best sessions at #ASH18 and it isn't even over! #ASHsm @MikkaelSekeres @danielleofri @JBaruchMD @ilanayurkiewicz @ASH_hematology pic.twitter.com/kPzRALeeCL— Ayesha Zia (@AyeshaNZia) December 3, 2018
Does anyone else think the inspirational music that happens when they walk on the stage at the ASH Plenary scientific sessions is enough to make you want to work harder on getting your studies completed??? #ash18 #ashsm— Tiffany Lin (@DrTiffanyL) December 2, 2018
Others stretched their creative muscles and tweeted their thoughts on the conference in poem-form: 5 syllables, then 7, then another 5 for #ASHHaikus.