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my phone to know what's happening
on YouTube, Instagram or Twitter. On
the weekends I record a video, edit and
upload it to YouTube. is schedule has
worked pretty well for me so far.
How have your family and
friends reacted?
At the beginning, I was worried
about how it would a ect my career
as a doctor, especially because not
everything I share on the channel has
to do with medicine. I sought advice
from my peers who were quite negative
about it at the time. e lesson I drew
from this was to make sure that I was
comfortable enough with any idea before
approaching people for advice because it
could potentially take away a successful
I come from a political family in Nigeria
so of course being `on the internet' and
`publicising my life' didn't really sit well
with my family. e strongest support I
had was from my husband, because he
saw the bigger picture. I wanted to use
this as a platform to encourage, inspire,
educate and learn, so I carried on. Today,
social media plays a big role in our
society irrespective of the career. I'm
glad I followed my instincts and now my
family and friends are ok with it.
Tell us about your Instagram
account also, which has a
signifi cant 140,000 followers.
My Instagram and YouTube accounts
both gained popularity about the same
time. It's quite common to embed all
your social media accounts at the end
of any YouTube video. at obviously
leads people who watch my YouTube
videos to the rest of my social media
platforms, which includes Instagram.
e more likes I got on a picture, the
more followers I got and that's how my
Instagram account grew. Some of the
pictures that got the most likes on my
Instagram are from my RCSI graduation.
Would you describe yourself
as a modern-day RCSI Alumnus
juggling motherhood, a career in
medicine, and managing a popular
social media platform?
Yes. My motto is `You can have it all'.
I'm not claiming to be a `superwoman'
but I believe working hard, setting
priorities and surrounding yourself with
positive people who can encourage,
support and inspire you does go a long
way. One of my close friends, Dr Chelsea
Garcia combined her pregnancy with
her Final Year, had a baby a week before
nals and still managed to receive
awards on graduation day. at to me is
what I call achieving goals! Anyone can
do it, you just need to be passionate.
How has RCSI shaped your
career and future expectations as
an RCSI Alumna?
I feel honoured to be a graduate of
RCSI, it holds a very high reputation
especially in Nigeria where I come
from. It has given me a solid platform
to pursue a career in surgery. My
aspiration is to someday complete
training in Paediatric Neurosurgery and
I know RCSI has laid the best possible
foundation for that. I hope I continue
to be a part of this amazing network
of people, to connect with other RCSI
Alumni and support each other.
Jane Burns, RCSI Research
Offi cer, based at the Health
Professions Education Centre,
and in-house social media
enthusiast, who regularly
lectures on this topic, shares
her top tips about maintaining
a professional online presence
Identify who the audience is you
want to participate with and
communicate with. This will help
you select which online platform
to develop. Try to limit to two
to three resources and don't
mix personal platforms with
professional ones. For example,
if you use Facebook for personal
communications, do not indicate
where you work. If you are
interested in developing an online
scholarly community then select
platforms such as Research Gate or
Understand the differences,
limitations and benefi ts of various
platforms. LinkedIn provides a
forum to communicate, network
and share ideas with people in the
healthcare sector and outside of it.
If you are involved in research it is
important to use unique identifi ers
for online applications. As an
author, it is vital to have an ORCID
number. provides a
persistent digital identifi er that
distinguishes you from every other
researcher. For everything that
you publish, use a digital object
identifi er (DOI) number. This is a
unique code for documents and is
directly linked to you as the author.
Depositing your work in your
institutional repository also ensures
the link between your research and
your institution.
Use Twitter for free CPD. Twitter
is fantastic for following journal
publications, research reports and
conference proceedings.
No one has to ask your permission
to Google you. Patients, sponsors
and colleagues will search for
information about you for a variety
of reasons so, it is important
to review what you have been
publishing online, and what others
have been publishing about you.
A regular online check-up should
alert you to any inconsistencies or
Pictured (l-r) is Adanna with fellow Class of 2015 graduates Dr Chelsea
Garcia, Dr Lewena Maher and Dr Zarah Shah at the RCSI Graduation Ball.
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