How Social Media Can Help You Save Lives 
Friday, April 19, 2024; 2 - 2:30 p.m.
Owais Durrani, DO

In an age of misinformation, if we are not proactive about our field and medicine in general, then we are victims. When we have reports coming out that say missed ER diagnosis leads to deaths, we must combat these in thoughtful ways that are public facing - that means social media. Social media is relevant to our brand as EM physicians, to the medical education community, and so much more. Yet, most of us are shy or hesitant to use it in a professional manner. During this presentation, the speaker will discuss how social media can be used more as a tool to achieve our calling, rather than a hindrance to our jobs.


  1. Understand the current landscape of social media and medicine.
  2. Learn why avoiding social media is incompatible with modern medicine.
  3. Understand the pitfalls of social media.
  4. Determine what can be learned from other professions that have embraced social media.



Owais Durrani, DO

Owais Durrani, DO is an emergency medicine physician in Houston, Texas. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Biology and Political Science. Before earning his medical degree from Oklahoma State University, he worked at The White House in the Obama administration. He graduated from residency at UT Health San Antonio and moved to Houston afterwards. 

Dr. Durrani frequently serves as a medical contributor in print media and is a frequent independent medical contributor on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, CBS, NBC, and other networks. He loves speaking about a variety of topics including advocacy, STEM education, technology (AI, blockchain, telehealth) in healthcare, and social media in medicine. He also hosts a STEM City, a television series in Houston that showcases careers in STEM.