“I think [kevinmd.com] it’s a tremendously powerful tool, not only to connect with and educate patients, but as the platform evolved, it was a tremendous tool for other healthcare professionals to speak up and be heard. Not only to speak to patients, but also to get their voice heard when it comes to healthcare reform”
Welcome back Happy Doc Family! For our next 2-part series, we are thrilled to feature Dr. Kevin Pho. Some of you may know him through his website, KevinMD. Dr. Pho started his platform of social media in 2004 and noticed how well his posts were being interpreted as tools for patients and healthcare professionals. Thereafter, the platform known as KevinMD has risen as a very influential website that shares the voices of physicians and healthcare professionals. In addition, Dr. Pho, who is an expert and book author of social media in the physician space, gives us his perspective on the benefits of developing an online presence and how to build that presence. Enjoy this week’s episode!
Kevin received his medical degree at Boston University School of Medicine and practices primary care in Nashua, New Hampshire. He was a member of the New Hampshire Union Leader’s 40 Under Forty, an inductee to the Healthcare Internet Hall of Fame, and named a top doctor in the state by New Hampshire Magazine.
Prior to attending medical school, Dr. Pho knew that medicine was a calling for him. Upon graduation, he became a certified physician in Internal Medicine. Furthermore, he became involved with being a national media commentator, co-author of Establishing, Managing, and Protecting Your Online Reputation: A Social Media Guide for Physicians and Medical Practices, and a keynote speaker. Now, his website receives over 3 million views each month and has over 250,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter.
Due to Dr. Pho’s successful platform in social media, he has been featured on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, CNN, New York Times, and USA Today (where he is a member of its editorial Board of Contributors).
KevinMD action challenge: Reflect on your personal experiences and training in healthcare and medicine. In what areas are you lacking a voice, what have you wanted to express? Let us know: what do you wish we talked more about in health care? Tweet us @thehappydoc1 and please consider reading and writing a piece on www.kevinmd.com. We would love to hear your thoughts!
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