» Since its very inception, social media has disrupted areas of life that we’d have never expected.
In the younger days of the internet, most early adopters were unaware of what would evolve from a time-consuming habit into a necessary part of daily life. What began as a fad, social media quickly grew to invade many internet users’ social lives. However, it has simultaneously grown into an absolute necessity in the realm of business, and healthcare is not immune. For this issue, I have had the privilege of steering my colleagues’ gaze toward the powerful, turbulent and often daunting sea of unpredictability that is social media’s impact on the way we operate as podiatrists. Like ancient sailors without the guide of navigation, podiatric physicians must wade into these waters with care.
In this issue, I have gathered residents and alumni from some of the top programs in the nation: Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, IN, Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino, CA and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA. These young podiatric physicians provide insight from peer- reviewed publications regarding the impact of social media upon healthcare, ranging from how social media use has impacted residency programs during the COVID-19 pandemic, to the weighty impact of these platforms upon healthcare communities in China.
In his Feature Article, Dr. Miguel Rodriguez (one of the top podiatrists in the Los Angeles area) provides insight into how podiatric physicians can leverage their social media presence to tip the scales toward positive results, both for their patients and for their own training and practice. This topic has been a favorite of mine over the years, as it continues to evolve as the platforms themselves do. What used to be a monopoly of internet users on “MySpace” is now ancient history, after less than fifteen years! I’m excited to see how the weight of current social media platforms affects healthcare, compared to earlier platforms and those ahead.
In her Audio Lecture, my good friend (and “celebrity bae”) Dr. Sarah Haller talks about the role that social media has played in her spectacular rise from student, to resident, to fellow and practitioner, and finally to reality TV star surgeon. Being based in Los Angeles, I’ve known a few podiatrists that have taken the plunge into the entertainment industry, but Dr. Haller has truly mastered the impossible task of balancing day-to-day patient care and surgeries with reality show filming.
In smartly investing her time into her own social media and podcast presence, our second Lecturer Dr. Tea Nguyen has built one of the top practices and coaching platforms for women in podiatry. She has never been shy about her opinions and commentary on her social media, and she provides us with a talk about how she built her “online empire” from the west coast.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to bring together these important perspectives for you as the reader. Overall, social media will continue to evolve and so this issue will not be the final say. Someday in the not-too-distant future we may be discussing “Podiatry in the Metaverse,” and I’m all for it.
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Article Authors and Lecturers
Arwa Akram, DPM (n.)
Marc Alvarez, DPM (n.)
Bethany J. Badell, DPM (n.)
Sarah Haller, DPM (1. Data Trace Publishing Company)
Kayli A. Hurst, DPM (n.)
Tzu Lu Lin, DPM, (n.)
Robert Middleton, DPM (n.)
Tea Nguyen, DPM (1. Data Trace Publishing Company)
Neil Patel, DPM (n.)
Miguel A. Rodriguez, DPM (1. Data Trace Publishing Company)
Wenjay Sung, DPM (1. Data Trace Publishing Company)
Blake Wallace, DPM (n.)
Faiza Zahid, DPM (n.)
FAQ Journal Planning Committee
Chrissy Wesolowski (n.)
Kimberly Collignon (n.)
Lauren Molander (n.)
Stephanie Wu, DPM, MSc (n.)
Foot and Ankle Quarterly 33-2 Contributors
Guest Editor Wenjay Sung, DPM, FACFAS
Partner, Global Podiatry Partners, Arcadia, CA
Arwa Akram, DPM Resident Physician, Ascension St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
Marc Alvarez, DPM Bethany J. Badell, DPM
Resident, Ascension St. Vincent, Indianapolis IN
Sarah Haller, DPM, FACFAS Private Practice, Hoboken, NJ; Fellow, Foot and Reconstructive Rearfoot Surgery, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery; Fellow Member, American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Kayli A. Hurst, DPM, MS Resident, Ascension St. Vincent Indianapolis Podiatry Residency Program, Indianapolis, IN
Tzu Lu “Lily” Lin, DPM
Robert Middleton, DPM, PGY-1 Podiatric Resident, Ascension St. Vincent Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
Tea Nguyen, DPM Board-Certified, Minimally-Invasive Foot Surgery and Podiatric Medicine and Surgery; Surgical Director/ Owner, Pacific Point Podiatry, Santa Cruz, CA; Founder, Coaching with Tea, LLC
Neil Patel, DPM
Miguel A. Rodriguez, DPM Chairman, Department of Surgery, Monterey Park Hospital, Monterey Park, CA
Blake Wallace, DPM
Faiza Zahid, DPM Resident Physician, Chino Valley Medical Center, Chino, CA; Clinical Faculty, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
In This Issue:
FEATURE ARTICLE: The Role of Social Media in Podiatric Training, Practice and Patient Outcomes
Miquel A. Rodriguez, DPM
CONDENSATIONS and COMMENTARIES
Social Media Utilization Trends in Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Programs During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Commentary by Blake Wallace, DPM
Social Media Use among Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeons
Commentary by Neil Patel, DPM
Istagram and Pilon Fractures: An Analysis of Social Media and its Relationship to Patient Injury Perception
Commentary by Miquel A. Rodriguez, DPM
How Health Communication via TikTok Makes a Difference: A Content Analysis of TikTok Accounts Run by Chinese Provincial Health Committees
Commentary by Tzu Lu “Lily” Lin, DPM
Social Media and Healthcare, Part I: Literature Review of Social Media Use by Healthcare Providers
Commentary by Kayli A. Hurst, DPM, MS
Social Media and Healthcare, Part II: Narrative Review of Social Media Use by Patients
Commentary by Arwa Akram, DPM
TikTok as a Health Information Source: Assessment of the Quality of Information in Diabetes-Related Videos
Commentary by Mark Alvarez, DPM
TikTok and Public Health: A Proposed Research Agenda
Commentary by Faiza Zahid, DPM
Social Media and Well-Being: Pitfalls, Progress and Next Steps
Commentary by Robert Middleton, DPM
Global Trends in Plastic Surgery on Social Media: Analysis of Two Million Posts
Commentary by Bethany J. Badell, DPM
AUDIO LECTURE 1: Social Media’s Impact on How I Practice Podiatric Surgery
Sarah Haller, DPM, FACFAS
AUDIO LECTURE 2: Building a Professional Social Media Presence for Your Practice
Tea Nguyen, DPM