Apply for the NSMC Social Media Internship

Applications due by January 1, 2018.



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The Nephrology Social Media Collective (NSMC) internship was established in 2015 with the goal of training doctors to be leaders in the next wave of medicine. Leadership is going to require physicians to communicate effectively through social media. The ability to define your personal online identity is a core competency of the future. 

The NSMC internship will give you modern communication skills that will not be taught at the hospital.

The only way to learn medicine is to practice medicine.

The only way to learn how to harness social media is to practice doing it.

The NSMC Internship provides repeated opportunities to practice nephrology social media. We also provide mentorship, discussion, guidance and direction.

An important part of the curriculum will be learning about and demonstrating professionalism in the use of social networks and media.

What are the expectations?

The complete teaching curriculum is available here. But the framework of the curriculum is:

  • NephJC. We look at NephJC as our core teaching service. It is the general medicine wards of our internship. Interns are expected to be regular participants in NephJC, and will write a summary, do the curation after the chat and host a chat.
  • Twitter Back Channel. Interns will be invited into a Twitter DM group with the faculty. In this backchannel we point out both good and bad uses of social media. We discuss why it is good (or bad). Much of the learning and mentoring occurs in this channel.
  • Special Projects. Interns will start off the year learning to produce visual abstracts to help support NephMadness. Over the summer interns will then write a blog post for Renal Fellow Network, NephJC or another channel.
  • Didactic Sessions. We will use the infrastructure of GlomCon to stream lectures to the interns. This will include lectures on Nephrology Social Media, professionalism, using social media for academic advancement (no guarantees that you will achieve professor of medicine on the back of Twitter).
  • Internet Publishing. New for 2018, we will include a curriculum on using internet publishing services. Interns will learn how to use Medium, WordPress and SquareSpace.

Each intern also selects a mentor to assist them with the internship.

Interns can participate in the program from anywhere with internet access. 

How much time do interns spend on NSMC? Here is the feedback from this year's graduating interns

 If you want a realistic estimate of the time requirement, here is what the class of 2017 had to say about the workload.

If you want a realistic estimate of the time requirement, here is what the class of 2017 had to say about the workload.

Who are we looking for?

  • Nephrology fellows
  • Residents bound for nephrology
  • Attendings in nephrology

If you are not one of the above and are still interested, send in an application. We have an open mind and have had success with non-nephrologists.

You do not need to have a blog or Twitter account, but you will need to get on Twitter if you become an intern. That is where the conversation is.

This is a unique opportunity to boost ones social media cred and become one of the leaders of social media and nephrology.

Applications due January 1, 2018.


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The NSMC Faculty

  • Joel Topf*
  • Swapnil Hiremath
  • Matthew A. Sparks
  • Silvi Shah** 
  • Tom Oates
  • Edgar Lerma
  • Jordan Weinstein
  • Amit Langote
  • Nathaniel Reisinger
  • Xingxing Cheng
  • Pablo Garcia
  • Michelle Rheault
  • Joshua Schwimmer
  • Kenar Jhaveri
  • Scherly Leon
  • Nikhil Shah
  • Hector Madariaga
  • Chi Chu
  • Timothy Yau
  • Bea Concepcion
  • Vanessa Grubbs
  • Cathy Quinlan
  • Omar Enrique Taco Sánchez
  • Ali Poyan Mehr
  • Dearbhla Kelly
  • Kamran Boka
  • Helen Currier
  • Paul Phelan
  • Khurram Mehtabdin
  • Noah Kline
  • Benjamin Stewart
  • Gates Colbert
  • Annabel Biruete
  • Karthik Ramani
  • Anna Burgner

* Program director
** Associate program director

I think that overall the NSMC was extremely valuable. My goal was to feel more comfortable as a scientist on twitter and to increase my exposure in social media and certainly the goal was met. I will definitely incorporate my social media skills as a selling point in my career in the near future once I apply for a faculty position.
— graduating intern, class of 2017
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One of the best endeavors I have ever undertaken. It took some courage to sign up but I am so thankful I did. The internship pushed me to go beyond my comfort zone and develop skills which I didn’t know I had. I have met so many new friends/colleagues. This internship introduced me to a vibrant community which I can now proudly say I am a part of!
— graduating intern, class of 2017
Very educational. Opened doors to publications and leadership on a national level. What a privilege to work with such an esteemed group.
— graduating intern, class of 2017