Journal of Medical Toxicology

, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp 212–217 | Cite as

The Virtual Toxicology Journal Club: the Dissemination and Discussion of Noteworthy Manuscripts Using Twitter

  • Peter R. ChaiEmail author
  • Anne-Michelle Ruha
  • Kelly E. Wong
  • Derek L. Monette
  • Meghan B. Spyres
  • Jeff Lapoint
  • Howard Greller
  • Mark B. Mycyk
Original Article



Twitter-based chat groups (tweetchats) structured as virtual journal clubs have been demonstrated to provide value to learners. In order to promote topics in medical toxicology, we developed the #firesidetox tweetchat as a virtual journal club to discuss and disseminate topics in medical toxicology.


A group of medical toxicologists from the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) Public Affairs Committee and editorial board of the Journal of Medical Toxicology (JMT) developed a quarterly one hour tweetchat featuring JMT manuscripts. We gathered basic twittergraphics and used a healthcare hashtag aggregator to measure the number of impressions, participants, and tweets per tweetchat session. A qualitative analysis of important themes from #firesidetox was also completed.


During five tweetchats over 12 months, we attracted a mean of 23 participants generating a mean of 150 tweets per #firesidetox tweetchat. Tweets generated a mean of 329,200 impressions (unique user views): these impressions grew by 300% from the first through fifth #firesidetox. The majority of participants self-identified as medical toxicologists or physician learners. Although most were from the USA, participants also came from Australia, Poland, and Qatar. Most tweets centered on medical education and 7.9% tweets were learner-driven or questions asking for a medical toxicologist expert opinion.


The #firesidetox attracted a diverse group of toxicologists, learners, and members of the public in a virtual journal club setting. The increasing number of impressions, participants, and tweets during #firesidetox demonstrates the tweetchat model to discuss pertinent toxicology topics is feasible and well received among its participants.


Medical education Twitter Journal clubs Toxicology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.The Fenway InstituteBostonUSA
  3. 3.Division of Medical Toxicology and Precision Medicine, Department of MedicineUniversity of Arizona College of MedicineTucsonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Emergency Medicine, Rhode Island HospitalBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA
  5. 5.Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern CaliforniaKeck School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA
  6. 6.Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency MedicineSouthern California Permanente Medical GroupPasadenaUSA
  7. 7.Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency MedicineSBH Health SystemsNew York CityUSA
  8. 8.Department of Emergency MedicineCook County Health and Hospitals SystemChicagoUSA

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