A few weeks ago I was approached by a staff writer for The DO, an online publication for Osteopathic Physicians managed by the AOA, and interviewed about how to network in person, at conventions, and over the Internet. Now, as the annual OMED convention is about to begin, the article has been published to the front page of The DO!
In this article, I was quoted alongside such distinguished individuals as Dr Norman Vinn, the President of the American Osteopathic Association, as well as Dr J.D. Polk, former Chief of Space Medicine at NASA and Devora Zack, the author of Networking for People Who Hate Networking.
First of all, Space Medicine, that’s a thing. That’s a thing that sounds super cool. I hope I get to meet this remarkable Osteopathic physician this weekend, especially as it turns out that he will be the speaker at the National Osteopathic Student Seminar on Monday at OMED! I can’t wait.
In the mean time, here’s an excerpt from the article where I am quoted.
Flamenbaum says he finds email impersonal and worries his message will get lost in the shuffle of an overflowing inbox.
“If I can, usually I will follow up on social media,” he says. “I like to find people on Facebook. That doesn’t work for some physicians who don’t use Facebook, but it does work very well for students.”
Be sure to choose a method of contact on a case-by-case basis, Flamenbaum says.
“People tend enjoy going on their social media pages,” he says. “So if you get in contact with somebody that way, they are more likely to see your message in a timely fashion. At the same time, it can be detrimental if the physician you’re networking with feels that reaching out via social media is a little bit too personal because they want to keep their professional and personal lives separate. It really depends on the situation.”
No matter the scenario, Cohen says all physicians and medical students must be on LinkedIn.
I also make my first appearance in the article discussing how to handle foolish comments. Yep, that happens to me. A lot.