May #IGSJC Analytics and Transcript

There was yet again a fantastic response to the May #IGSJC. There were 447 tweets from 46 participants. Of these, 84 were original tweets and and 42 were links or pictures. There were 204 responses and 130 retweets. This lead to >500,000 impressions for the month.

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Many thanks to all particpants, and especially author Scott Regenbogen and moderator Amalia Cochran, who not surprisingly took spots 1 and 2 in the mentions category. Special recognition goes to Michael Zenilman who had the most tweets at 58.

For a transcript, please see our page on

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May Journal Club!

We are very excited that the article for the May International General Surgery Journal Club is now available with free access for the entire month, courtesy of JAMA Surgery. The article is
Surgery for Diverticulitis in the 21st Century: A Systematic Review, by Scott E. Regenbogen MD MPH, Karin M. Hardiman MD PhD, Samantha Hendren MD MPH, Arden M. Morris MD MPH from the University of Michigan.

We are especially pleased to announce that the first author of the paper, Scott Regenbogen MD MPH (@scottregenbogen) will be participating in the session, which will be moderated by Amalia Cochran MD (@AmaliaCochranMD) from the University of Utah.

As always, please use the hashtag #igsjc in your posts, and consider following @igsjc, the author, and the moderator of the discussion. You can search on twitter for the hashtag #igsjc to see all posts in the discussion, including those posts by people you may not be following. As a pro tip – the tweetdeck website is a great tool for following discussions like the International General Surgery Journal Club.


April #IGSJC Analytics and Transcript



The second International General Surgery Journal Club was a great success, thanks to the efforts of moderator Christian Jones MD (@jonessurgery) and 1st author Elliott Haut (@elliotthaut). A full transcript of the journal club is available on Storify:

This month we had 46 participants, 536 tweets (166 original tweets, 165 replies, and 205 retweets), with over 1/2 million impressions. Not too shabby for the second month of this project! @IGSJC now has 294 followers from all over the world, with Seattle being the top city at 6% of followers.

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Time for the April #IGSJC!

It’s time for the April International General Surgery Journal Club! We have another great session planned. Thanks to JAMA Surgery, the article “The Effectiveness of Prophylactic Inferior Vena Cava Filters in Trauma Patients: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” is now available open access for the entire month. Discussion starts April 1 (no fooling) and runs through April 2nd.

Don’t worry if you aren’t a trauma surgeon, the journal club will be sure to include a lot of great discussion on VTE prophylaxis and the role of pharmacologic therapy vs. filters. We will have first author Elliott Haut MD () as discussant with expert moderation from Christian Jones MD (@jonessurgery). Please remember to use the hashtag #IGSJC in all of your posts, and search for that hashtag to follow all the action.

March Journal Club Statistics

The March journal club was a huge success, especially as our inaugural effort. There were 393 tweets (and 254 retweets) from 84 contributors reaching up to 146,531 followers. The @igsjc itself now has 189 followers from all over the globe.

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No surprise, our top contributor was also our invited author, Justin Dimick (@jdimick1). Special mention (and top tweet) goes to Andrew Gonzalez (@DrAGonzMD), who did a de novo analysis of Medicare data in response to a question on twitter, and found that mortality is sig. higher if patients are readmitted following colorectal surgery to a different hospital vs. their index hospital. This may be the 1st scientific paper proposed, analyzed, and peer reviewed on twitter (all in under 5 hours)!

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March Journal Club

For our first International General Surgery Journal Club selection, we have partnered with JAMA Surgery to discuss the article Composite Measures for Profiling Hospitals on Bariatric Surgery Performance from the Michigan Bariatric Surgical Collaborative. First author Justin Dimick MD, MPH (@jdmick1) will be participating in the discussion, and Andrew Wright MD (@andrewswright) will be moderating.

The article is available online, and will be free to access for the entire month of March. The twitter-based journal club will begin Monday 3/3 and last through Wednesday 3/5. In order to participate in the discussion, use the hashtag #IGSJC in any tweets about the article or the journal club. To follow the discussion, search for the #IGSJC hashtag. You can use set up a method to follow the #IGSJC hashtag more easily using a a custom widget (go to the settings menu in Twitter to set one up), or though apps like TweetDeck.

Although the moderated discussion will only last 72 hours, you can discuss the article any time on twitter. The tweets will be archived on this blog, and we will announce a “Best Tweet” of the month. In the future we hope to offer prizes (beyond pride and bragging rights) to the author of the best tweet.