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‚Äôt 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?