Indexed on: 30 Jul '19Published on: 28 Jul '19Published in: The Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Virtual journal clubs on Twitter (Tweetchats) provide a platform to globally discuss publications. The Thoracic Surgery Social Media Network (TSSMN) is an organization that focuses on bringing social media attention to key publications in cardiothoracic surgery. TSSMN recently formed a Trainee Group with goal of conducting chats covering key topics in cardiothoracic surgical training. The aim of this study was to characterize the pilot experience of this group. The TSSMN trainee group held three Tweetchats during the study period between 2017-2018. Each Tweetchat was a structured discussion of two to four publications. The number of tweets, participants, most popular tweets, and impressions were assessed for each of the Tweetchats. The three tweetchats had a mean of 40 participants (range 36-45), generating an average of 497 tweets (ranging 451-526) with a mean of 809,746 impressions (range 591,814-1,140,000). Fruitful discussions on the topics of simulation in surgery, assessment of resident autonomy, and development of optimal organizational cultures to maximize team performance were held. Twitter is a useful tool to collaborate and disseminate information. The three Tweetchats organized by TSSMN trainee delegates generated approximately 1,500 tweets with 2 million impressions. By these metrics, the feasibility of a trainee-led TSSMN tweet chat was confirmed. Copyright © 2019. Published by Elsevier Inc.