Radiation Oncology Community Voice

Radiation Oncology Online: How Do We Connect?

For those of us venturing online, it can seem vast and lonely. For radiation oncology, it’s hard also to know where to start without getting burned. How do we find others with similar interests?

 

In my opinion, the most productive networks are Twitter and LinkedIn. Twitter lets me connect with people I might not meet otherwise. LinkedIn is a professional social network with active groups discussing radiation oncology. The two are also a nice balance: brief, immediate but ephemeral (Twitter) with longer, more professional conversations (LinkedIn).

 

On Twitter, you can follow anyone. But they won’t ‘see’ you unless they follow back.  And you don’t have to post anything. Here is a partial list of radiation oncology groups on Twitter:

   Professional Organization          Twitter Handle
ASTRO @ASTRO_org
ESTRO @ESTRO_RT
CARO @caro_acro_ca
ASRT @ASRT
AAPM @aapmHQ
Oncology Nursing Society @oncologynursing
ARRO @ARRO_org
Royal College ANZ Radiologists @RadiologyRANZCR
NVRO @NVRO_NL
CAMRT/ACTRM @CAMRT_ACTRM
Radiation Leadership Institute (ACR) @RLI_ACR
Global Task Force on Radiotherapy for Cancer Control @GTFRCC 

Currently, the only radiation oncology department is the University of Toronto @UofTDRO. SDN Network  is more medical student/resident focused. Doximity is good if your interests is doctors only, but  I haven’t been active. There are only so many places you can spend your ‘free time’. Lots of radiation oncologists are now on Twitter and LinkedIn. But not everyone wants to be public about it.

 

For those that do, I have set up a directory for people that want to connect.   What else do we need to connect?

  • GhufranAAj

    First I would like to thank you for addressing this issue
    I am a medical student from Saudi Arabia, Jeddah
    I am planning to pursue my career in radiation oncology and knowing that we don’t have local residency programs in my country I find it VERY difficult to get in contact with radiation oncologists in other countries or even getting more idea about this specialty, I really hope radiation oncologists do online virtual lectures were we can be able to contact them on monthly bases, doing an online radiation oncology club meetings were we can share the last updates on radiation medicine

    Thank you

    Best regards,

    Ghufran Aljawi
    Future radiation oncologist

  • subatomicdoc

    Thank you Ghrufran for reading the post. I’m so glad you found Radiation Nation because of my vision is to help share information globally that improves our patients’ lives and deepens satisfaction in our our careers. I really like the idea of virtual lectures. We are actually planning to start online discussions, in the planning phases 🙂

    Thank you again and I welcome guest posts if you want to share your experience in Saudia Arabia.
    Best regards, Matt