A GIF Is Worth 3000 Words: Introducing #VisualAbstract for #JHMChat

If you’re like most hospitalists, your day usually starts around dawn (or dusk, for our nocturnal colleagues). After arriving at the hospital and quickly receiving sign out on your patients, you down the last bit of coffee and rush off to spend a morning on the wards.

As you’re getting into a rhythm, the charge nurse on 3C grabs you as you walk by and lets you know that Mr. Sanchez’s son arrived and would like an update. BEEP. BEEP. BEEP: “Mrs. Jones wants to know when she can eat.” Just as you head her way, the cardiology fellow sees you and wants to discuss the follow-up plan on Mr. Aldridge…

By 3PM, you’ve grabbed a quick bite to eat, and you’re likely leading the Patient Safety Committee meeting (while still fielding intermittent pages, of course). By early evening, you’re placing a few last minute orders and putting out small fires before signing out and trying to head home to (hopefully) have dinner with your family.

But wait. Did you get a chance to read that new study about blood pressure management in hospitalized patients that your colleagues were talking about in the doctors’ lounge? Or the one about patient satisfaction and teaching services?

If you’re like me, the answer was probably: No.

Here’s where the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Journal of Hospital Medicine (JHM) can help. In 2016, a small (and growing) group of hospitalists started gathering on Twitter for #JHMChat, an online journal club, to take a recently published article in JHM, invite the authors and any guests who might add further insights, and let the magic happen! The lively discussions are guided by a moderator and driven by questions posed to the group.

Over the past year, we’ve created an online community that has openly discussed a variety of topics ranging from medical education to costs of care. Not only are the chats engaging and fun, they’re a great place to rub (virtual) elbows with your colleagues from other institutions and hear about their experiences.

Join us for our next chat on Monday, February 6 at 9PM EST, when we’ll be discussing Samuel Silver et al, “Costs of Acute Kidney Injury in Hospitalized Patients” with Joel Topf, MD and the NephroJC crowd. Just imagine a bunch of nephrologists and hospitalists sitting in a room chatting it up! In addition to gaining knowledge and insights, you can also gain CME.

To make participating in the chat even easier, with guidance from Andrew Ibrahim, we are producing Visual Abstract, which aims to “tell the story” of the abstract in a picture.  There’s no time like the present to make scientific evidence easy to access for not only physicians, but also to the public.

A Visual Abstract GIF to be featured in the next #JHMChat

This chat will launch a regularly scheduled #JHMChat series that will be held every 2nd Monday of the month (i.e. March 13, April 10, and May 8). We have some great topics coming up: Standardized attending rounds, dealing with VIP patients and how to reduce overuse. The community is growing and we’re hoping you’ll join!

If you’re new to Twitter, here (and here, and here) are a few quick resources to get you started. Once you’re up and running, just search #JHMChat at the time of the chat and join the conversation.

Charlie M. Wray, DO, MS is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California, Francisco and the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He completed medical school at Western University – College of Osteopathic Medicine, residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center, and a Hospital Medicine Research Fellowship at The University of Chicago. Dr. Wray’s research interests are focused on inpatient care transitions, care fragmentation in the hospital setting, and overutilization of hospital resources. Additionally, he has strong interests in medical education, with specific focus in evidence-based medicine, the implementation of value-based care, and how learners negotiate medical uncertainty. Dr. Wray can often be found tweeting under @WrayCharles.

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