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Stanford Medicine X hosts live chat on Thursday with Bryan Vartabedian and Wendy Sue Swanson

This September, prominent physician-bloggers Bryan Vartabedian, MD, and Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, will teach a master class about issues relating to physicians' online identity at the Stanford Medicine X conference.

Both believe an online reputation and digital footprint are increasingly becoming more important for physicians. Vartabedian, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and attending physician at Texas Children's Hospital, recently co-founded the Medical Futures Lab. The center is dedicated to the study and understanding of medicine at its evolving intersection with technology. A pediatrician at Seattle Children's Hospital, Swanson has spoken at length about how doctors can use social media to connect with patients and build partnerships. In the above video from Medicine X 2012, she discusses how clinicians can use social media to share their expertise and perspective on the latest health research.

On Thursday evening, Medicine X organizers will host a live Google Chat with Swanson and Vartabedian about social media and physicians. The chat begins at 5 p.m. Pacific Time and will be moderated by Sarah Kucharski, an e-patient advisor for the conference. Participants can watch the discussion live and ask questions via Twitter using the hashtag #MedX.

Previously: A reminder to young physicians that when it comes to social media, "it's no longer about you", Registration opens for Stanford Medicine X, Advice for physicians when interacting with patients online, 33Charts' Bryan Vartabedian talks about physician blogging and How can physicians manage their online persona? KevinMD offers guidance

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