Hena Patel and Annabelle S. Volgman* Pages 144 - 149 ( 6 )
Digital and social media have transformed the field of medicine. They are powerful tools that academic and non-academic physicians and healthcare providers are using to influence others, promote ideas, obtain knowledge, disseminate research and communicate with others. The history of advocacy for women in medicine and the role of social media in influencing the choice of women to choose Cardiology as a career and its role in advocacy for Women in Cardiology (WIC) have been reviewed. It has changed the way cardiologists learn, educate, and interact with each other. Social media has proven especially useful in advocating for WIC, but whether it can help improve the numbers of female doctors going into Cardiology remains to be seen. In addition to encouraging women to pursue cardiology, social media has drawn attention to key women’s rights issues affecting practicing female cardiologists.
Women, cardiology, social media, advocacy, health care, cardiologists.
University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL 60637, Rush Heart Center for Women, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL 60614