The Power of Creative Writing and Poetry
Started a new hashtag this morning to help connect the global urology community via poetry.
— Dr. Brian Stork (@StorkBrian) February 3, 2019
#UroPoet: Restoring Our Humanity
Join me in celebrating life and our noble profession of urology on Twitter at #UroPoet. I invite you to share the things you love most about our profession, our patients, our families, and life itself through the use of creative writing and poetry. My hope is that everyone will feel welcome to use this hashtag, responsibly.
In the short time the hashtag has been active, topics ranging from research to prolapse have been posted in the form of limericks, essays, song lyrics, poems and haiku.
Early tweets and submissions also appear to be breaking down barriers between specialists and patients, and provide another way to bring together the global urology community.
Through Twitter, urologists have shared information and experience, created relationships, and built community. Some great examples include #UroSoMe, #prostateJC , #CUAJC, and the grandfather of them all, #urojc.
However, #UroPoet is also attracting patients. Perhaps poetry is a relatively yet underutilized way to communicate medical information with patients.
I can not go pee
I must have an obstruction
Calling uro now@StorkBrian #UroPoet @copingwithCR @MSKspongeLife
— Brittany J. Navarre (@BritMasterFlash) February 3, 2019
Build community and show your creative side
Take a moment to at least follow along, and even consider making a regular or one-time post of your own – adding the hashtag #UroPoet. I’ll be posting regularly from a second Twitter account @PoetPee where I will also be retweeting #UroPoet tweets. You can still find me @StorkBrian.
Read the full post on the BJUI blog, “#UroPoet – restoring our humanity with creative writing and poetry”.
Here’s one more for the road…
I once saw a man from Kalamazoo
With a PSA that reached 1,000.2
So we said no to RP
And we said no to RT
But of course we offered focal HIFU#UroPoet
— Todd M. Morgan, MD (@wandering_gu) February 9, 2019