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Creating My Educational Posts – From Inception To Final Product

I’m in a constant pursuit to know more about everything! Although cardiothoracic anesthesiology and intensive care are my subspecialties, I have an interest in all organ systems and their delicate interplay to maintain systemic homeostasis. Consequently, my ideas for free open access medical education (FOAMed) stem from anything – my patients, new publications, random notes in a margin of some textbook that I found interesting, a topic I ran across on YouTube, and especially topics that I’m weak at.

Creating a post – PubMed (left), Pixelmator Pro (center), Apple Notes (right)

Despite what people may think based on messages I’ve received, I create 100% of my content (programming this website and my EchoTools app, my social media post captions, replies to comments, etc.) Admittedly, I don’t sleep much. 😛

After determining a topic, I write a caption on Apple Notes as this synchronizes with all of my devices immediately. Sometimes I write this caption on the train ride to work. Other times it’s when I have a spare moment on my laptop/desktop. Regardless, these captions (and related hashtags) are much easier for me to compose on the Notes app since I can copy and paste them wherever I want. I rely on textbooks, my own experience, the literature, etc. to generate the captions. I try to keep them less than 2,200 characters in length and simple yet detailed enough to appeal to a wide audience.

Next is the image. Sometimes this is based off something I captured on my iPhone. Other times it’s a diagram I’ve drawn on GoodNotes on my iPad Pro. Occasionally it might also be a diagram I constructed on Microsoft Excel. I modify the resulting image on Pixelmator Pro, AirDrop it to my phone, and sometimes add some text using Phonto. Bam, the image is done.

This website is the foundation of all of my social media. I have 100% control of its framework and content, so it’s very easy for me to upload supplemental articles, provide internal linking to related posts, and combine various forms of media (videos, galleries, etc.) to teach. Although the aforementioned workflow was tailored for social media posting, I do cross-post everything to my website for ease of access down the road. Plus, I don’t have annoying restrictions/limitations on searching through content, adding links, etc. Everything is right here! 🙂

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2 Comments

  1. Wow, thank you so much for this post… I always wondered how you were able to create such an extensive high-quality body of Instagram content on a daily basis. You must be a master at time efficiency as well.

    On a personal note, I have some amazing news! I was just accepted in to the nursing program at my university, and I have decided to ultimately pursue CRNA. I really appreciated your reply to my last comment, it gave me a lot of insight. As much as I admire your dedication to healthcare, I have a number of personal hobbies and outside ambitions that would not be compatible with a career as a physician. In the long run, I decided that I would be happier with the lifestyle route. Have a wonderful evening, and keep being awesome!

    Best wishes,

    Adele

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