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J Med Internet Res ; 24(6): e35804, 2022 06 13.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1910894


Social media integration into research has increased, and 92% of American social media participants state they would share their data with researchers. Yet, the potential of these data to transform health outcomes has not been fully realized, and the way clinical research is performed has been held back. The use of these technologies in research is dependent on the investigators' awareness of their potential and their ability to innovate within regulatory and institutional guidelines. The Brown-Lifespan Center for Digital Health has launched an initiative to address these challenges and provide a helpful framework to expand social media use in clinical research.

Social Media , Humans , Longevity , United States
JCO Oncol Pract ; 18(4): e600-e609, 2022 04.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1673957


PURPOSE: Hematology and oncology (HO) lags behind all medicine subspecialties in fellows under-represented in medicine (URM) despite a growing minority patient population. Websites have been effectively used in URM recruitment. We evaluated all US HO program websites to facilitate a more informed and URM-considerate recruitment. We also performed a stratified analysis on programs affiliated with National Cancer Institute (NCI) Designated Cancer Centers, National Comprehensive Cancer Center Network (NCCN) member institutions, and ranked as a top 50 cancer hospital by US News, given their stated commitment to outreach. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Websites of all 2019-2020 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited HO programs were assessed for 28 informational and three diversity categories. Websites with > 70% of categories were comprehensive. Affiliation with NCI, NCCN, and US News was noted. RESULTS: One hundred fifty-six websites were analyzed: 20% were comprehensive and 22% had any diversity information. Inclusion of diversity content and being comprehensive were significantly associated (P = .001). NCI, NCCN, and US News ranking were significantly associated with inclusion of more information in univariate analyses (P < .001, P = .008, and P < .001, respectively). Multivariate analyses showed that US News ranking was significantly associated with more information (P = .005). Diversity-related univariate and multivariate analyses showed a significant association with US News ranking (P = .006 and P = .029, respectively). CONCLUSION: Most HO fellowship websites are not comprehensive and lack diversity content. Given COVID-19 travel restrictions limit in-person interviews, digital program presence remains an important opportunity. HO programs should offer comprehensive and inclusive websites to better inform applicants, including URM. This may increase institutional diversity and potentially improve URM representation in the HO workforce.

COVID-19 , Hematology , COVID-19/epidemiology , Education, Medical, Graduate , Fellowships and Scholarships , Humans , Medical Oncology