Medical Education

  • 5 Tips to Minimize Risk for Physicians on Social Media

    By Marjorie Stiegler on October 21, 2017
    Physicians should use social media professionally.  While some doctors think social media is risky, it is actually incredibly important. (More on that later.)  By following a few simple rules, doctors can use social media successfully and without fear of jeopardizing their reputations, getting caught in inappropriate patient interactions,  or increasing medical liability. Here's how:
  • Twitter has changed. Meet the new 140 character rules.

    By Marjorie Stiegler on May 31, 2016
    Twitter has made some changes to the 140 character limit. Specifically, they have changed the structure to exclude “prefix” and “suffix” data. Here's how the new changes will impact your twitter stream:
  • Collaboration in Patient Safety: SPA and AAP lead by example

    By Marjorie Stiegler on April 4, 2016
    While I'm sure that all physicians and other healthcare professionals want to collaborate in order to achieve the highest quality of medical care and enhanced patient safety, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia and American Academy of Pediatrics are really leading by example. They hold a jointly sponsored academic meeting, and I had the privilege of speaking at one of the plenary sessions this year on quality and safety. This was a very special invitation, since I am not a pediatric specialist. The meeting was designed to focus on topics of pediatric anesthesia and sedation, as well as pain management and critical care services for infants and children.
  • What Dr. Laura knows about why doctors should be active online

    By Marjorie Stiegler on February 22, 2016
    “The reason I do this show on the radio is so that other people can benefit from what I’m saying. I don’t have a fix for you, but I’m glad you called, so that other women out there listening to this can avoid the decisions and mistakes you made.” I believe that healthcare leaders and medical experts have a professional obligation to be present on the internet, so that they can...
  • 21 Ways Doctors Can Use Social Media

    By Marjorie Stiegler on November 12, 2015
    Yesterday, I gave a quick digital strategy update to my group, and inadvertently sabotaged* the rest of my academic day fielding questions from colleagues: “Why should we bother with social media? Who has the time? Isn't it risky? What if I do something wrong and it lives forever on the internet..."
  • Stanford MedicineX Live Tweeting – Good or Bad?

    By Marjorie Stiegler on September 29, 2015
    Cast your vote! According to, Stanford's Medicine X conference #MedX had an incredible reach of nearly 219 million impressions and over 56,000 tweets in the past ten days. But, controversy remains about whether it is OK to tweet a speaker's slides without proper attribution. Many attendees snap photos of slides and live tweet the content, but without knowing speaker's twitter names, and without express consent to disseminate the actual intellectual creation, the question remains...
  • If You’re Reading This, You’ve Survived the”Killing Season.”

    By Marjorie Stiegler on September 11, 2015
    It’s that time of year again – healthcare centers across the country experience a massive cohort turnover as newly graduated medical students become resident physicians, and new responsibilities and autonomy are given to existing trainees. It has long been advised to avoid seeking medical care in July because of the presumed increased risk to patients, so much so this changeover is sometimes called the “July Effect” in the United States and the “August killing season” in the United Kingdom. Indeed, studies show that mortality is increased and efficiency is decreased...
  • Memory, Cognition, and the Acquisition of Medical Expertise

    By Marjorie Stiegler on December 3, 2014
    This video is part of the Stanford MedicineX series and the MOOC Medical Education in the New Millennium. In it, we explore cognitive and memory-related pitfalls that lead to diagnostic error, even among experts.
  • Can Cognitive Science Help Us Make Better Patient-Centered Medical Decisions?

    By Marjorie Stiegler on October 24, 2014
    Big news! I've been asked to join the faculty of the Stanford University School of Medicine's course "Medical Education in the New Millennium:Innovation and Digital Disruption." This is a huge honor, of course, because Stanford is really pushing the concept of multidisciplinary and patient centered medical education in an awesome way. Here's a little bit about the course, from the Stanford website: "This interdisciplinary course features talks from thought leaders and innovators from medical education, instructional design, cognitive science, online learning, and emerging technology...