A couple of weeks ago Google+ introduced the concept of “communities,” where like-minded individuals can meet up to discuss their common interests. So, with great fanfare, I’d like to formally announce the creation of the ECG+ community!
We’re already a few posts deep, so check out the cases and comments and please share your own!
Although I’m an ECG-o-phile, I’ve always been reticent to turn The Medial Approach into a “ECG cases” blog. For one thing, folks like EMS 12-Lead and Dr. Smith’s ECG Blog already do that, and quite well I may add. They have giant readerships, and rather than try to match their success with this small blog, I’ve been fortunate that my friends at those sites have graciously posted any of my ECG’s I felt warranted significant dissemination.
On another front, medical discussions on Facebook have taken off over the past couple of years thanks to the creation of great groups and pages like:
- EKG Club
- Rhythm Watchers
- Living in the Emergency Department
- Prehospital 12-lead ECG Blog (EMS 12-Lead’s Facebook wing)
- Tac-Med, LLC
The one downside to having these discussions on Facebook is that there’s no real way to archive, index, and sort out posts. You may vaguely recall a great case of papillary muscle rupture secondary to acute inferior MI that was shared on some Facebook page a year ago, but with new posts daily and no real way to sort through them, it would take a lot of work to find. The conversations we have on Facebook are always interesting and enlightening, but they’re far from permanent.
Which is where Google+ communities come in. I’m far from familiar with how this is all going to shake out, but after a little reading on the new feature it seems like the best social media option for just this sort of thing. In addition to all the benefits that come with Facebook groups or pages, tracings, cases, and discussions will all be indexed, searchable, and discoverable. It’s a much more permanent, professional, and user-friendly way for us to learn, share, and grow.
So, without further ado, come check us out and let me know what you think!