You are anonymous and can say what you really think:

I can speak freely because I am anonymous. I do not have to worry about my words getting back to a hospital administrator. 

I actually shared mistakes for the benefit of my colleagues on SERMO...but would not have done that if my employer or my peers could identify me. 

Because of my SERMO experience, I have been able to comment and respond in real life situations with more wisdom. 

I find SERMO to be very useful both clinically and non-clinically. Being a semi-anonymous environment actually allows for more honest and useful advice and comments. I get enough daily BS, PC crap in real life. I don't need more in the virtual life. 

You learn from one another and get real-life answers and help with diagnoses:

You can’t just Google medicine. We have to go beyond ‘cookbook’ medicine, and seek reasonable, experienced minds to think through difficult and diverse cases.

These days doctors are super busy and don’t have time to stop what they are doing and find a colleague with the appropriate expertise. 

Had I not read a post on SERMO, I would not have nailed the diagnosis when I did. 

SERMO has actually changed my management approach on some patients, based on a broader level of input from colleagues. 

It is wonderful to be able to discuss a problem and have input from other physicians who have come across the same problem and how they solved their issues. Their input is priceless and helpful when you can't discuss this with anyone affiliated with your practice. 

It was fun while living and working in Massachusetts, but now that I'm in the middle of rural nowhere, SERMO has become very instrumental to be able to communicate with other surgeons about cases that are either interesting or challenging. 

You get support from other doctors:

If it was real life, we’d all hang out. 

The ability to share thoughts and concerns about work, family, patients and life with those that are most likely to understand is incredibly helpful. I love my SERMO family! 

Doctors don't have the time to come to a real doctors' lounge any more. On SERMO we can ask questions and share our lives and frustrations. Whenever we feel stressed out, we come to get support and find it. Any time of the day. 

Regulators are forcing us to comply with rules and physicians hardly get a voice in these regulations. We are made to feel isolated and alone. It’s very overwhelming for doctors and easily leads to burn out. But SERMO is THE place where we can finally talk and feel like we are not alone. We know that we are all in the same boat. 

I think SERMO has nailed it. If I want to read a clinical discussion, I can do that. If I want to read something funny, I can do that. If I want to get into politics, I can do that. If I need help with a patient, I have a place to do that. 

Inspiration is abundant and can be found here on SERMO. I credit SERMO for helping save my sanity and my practice. 

I really appreciate the opportunity to talk to others who understand - that sounds lame, but in honesty, our life path is fairly distinct and it's great to commiserate. 

You have fun:

Medicine is fun, when it’s without the intrusion of multiple third parties. We love posting cases on SERMO...we get to practice medicine even if we don’t get paid. 

My only complaint with SERMO is that I get sucked into reading all the great posts, that I end up going home an hour later. 

Value of SERMO patient case in a small hospital...

As hospitalists we deal with varied patient problems every day. Sometimes these problems are not worth a complete consult but a curb-size would suffice. But as I practice in a small community hospital we don’t have specialty support and we can’t do ‘curb-side’ here. SERMO patient cases has provided a great platform and it takes the curb-siding to a different level. Recently I posted a SERMO patient case regarding a 94 yr old grandma with heart issues… And so many people responded including cardiologists, anesthesiologists, internists, and hospitalists. It was a great discussion and helped a lot. In real life you can’t curb-side so many doctors! This would not have been possible without this platform and this active community. So thank you SERMO and SERMOans!