On Monday at ACEP14, more than 4,100 tweets with the #ACEP14 hashtag—the most on any day in the history of ACEP’s annual convention—were sent all around the world from Chicago. To put that in perspective, on the busiest day last year in Seattle, there were 2,700 #ACEP13 tweets, and in 2012, #ACEP12 had around 1,500 tweets for the entire week in Denver.
It’s clear that the way we attend conferences is changing before our very eyes. In 2012, there were 314 tweeters. In 2013, that number jumped to 1,367. This year we are already closing in on 1,500 twitter contributors.
While there were tons of tweets covering the hot lectures from Amal Mattu, MD, FACEP (@AmalMattu), and Scott Weingart, MD, FACEP (@emcrit), there were a lot of great ones from smaller sessions.
From Rajesh Geria, MD, FACEP (@GeriaSonoMD), past chair of the ACEP Ultrasound Section: “ACEP policy statement: Ultrasound is NOT an extension of the physical exam. It is a diagnostic test.” This is an important point from the perspective of billing, as well as core skills.
Lauren Westafer, DO (@LWestafer), reported from the end-of-life talk by James Adams, MD, FACEP, “Words matter. Palliative medicine=intensive [medicine]. Doesn’t have to take much time.”
And the always pearl-packed @LasVegasEM sent out this nifty tidbit that may come in handy: “Tooth Avulsion and don’t know where it went? Rule out aspiration and consider a chest x-ray.”
For more great information from Chicago, search #ACEP14 and follow me (@jeremyfaust) and the rest of the official ACEP social media team: Salim Rezaie, MD, FACEP (@srrezaie), Ryan Radecki, MD (@emlitofnote), Jason Nomura, MD, FACEP (@Takeokun), Lauren Westafer, DO (@LWestafer), Seth Trueger, MD (@MDAware), and Allen Roberts, MD, FACEP (@GruntDoc).
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Jeremy Samuel Faust is an EM resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and Elmhurst in Queens. He tweets about #FOAMed and classical music @jeremyfaust.