Six Medical Professionals To Follow On Twitter

Looking for people to follow on Twitter? More doctors and nurses are creating their own accounts and tweeting their thoughts on everything related to the medical industry, ranging from politics to best practices. Here are five of our favorites.

The Progressive (@sjauhar): Dr. Sandeep Jauhar is a cardiologist and a writer who written two best-selling books about medical culture. His website offers advice to residents, while his Twitter feed includes plenty of insights on current affairs on the practice of medicine.

The Conservative (@Neoavatara): Dr. Pradeep Shanker calls himself an “independent political conservative” and uses his Twitter feed to reflect on current events and critique both Republicans and Democrats. His latest blog post is an analysis of Senator Rand Paul’s replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act. His take? “As a position piece it is interesting, but as practical policy it is a non-starter.”

The Educator (@FutureDocs): Dr. Vineet Arora is a medical education guru at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She is ager to improve how trainees provide health care, mentoring medical students, residents and even high school-age kids. Her Twitter feed focuses on issues related to #meded.

The Women’s Nurse (@kchoma): Kim Choma is a New Jersey-based nurse practitioner who specializes in reproductive issues and women’s health. She’s an expert and abnormal Pap smears and HPV. She posts mainly about health and advocates for nurses and nurse practitioners.

The Opioid Critic (@DavidJuurlink): Dr. David Juurlink is a Canadian practitioner who studies drug safety and is outspoken about opioids and opioid dependency. His tweets can be humorous, but, overall, he offers a sobering look at the obstacles clinicians face in prescribing and monitoring painkillers.

The Comic (@Gomerblog): Medicine can be a tough profession, full of tough conversations and outcomes. Sometimes laughing at the difficulty of it can truly be essential.