Figure1—Making Meded Social

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We interviewed Figure1 founder, Josh Landy, for the podcast. You can listen to it here.

Also, check out these great account previews. You can follow them by clicking the photos and signing up for a free Figure1 account. Then learn on your browser or your phone.

!Note: some graphic images follow (hey, it’s medicine…)!

Follow these accounts if you want to

1. CincyKidsRad—For #ThoraxThursday #FridayQuizDay and more fun with hashtags


Cincinnati Children’s radiology department is a powerhouse when it come’s to social media and medical education. You might have seen our mention of them in our Instagram for Med School post. This image, from #ThoraxThursday, is an AP chest x-ray in an infant with tetralogy of Fallot (stenosis of the right ventricular outflow tract, right ventricular hypertrophy, ventricular septal defect, and overriding aorta).

The folks at CincyKids want you to learn, so look for generous use of the St. Sebastian sign (pointing arrows). Why St. Sebastian? Google a photo of him…

What’s the image show?

The classic “boot shaped heart” with upturned cardiac apex (black arrow) from RV hypertrophy/dilation. The pulmonic valve is absent with enlargement of the pulmonary arteries (white arrows).

Learn more about ToF from our good friends at Osmosis.

Dr Calcaneo

Juan Del Castillo-Calcáneo is a Neurosurgery Resident and an active educator on figure1. Follow him for surgical cases, images, and some inspirational follow up from tough cases.

What’s the image show?

A 37 yo male, who is a musician, presented with right temporal lobe epilepsy, preoperative workup showed the musical association cortex in the fMRI study was at risk during surgery, so an awake craniotomy for lobectomy was performed, during which the subject continually identified musical notes produced by an iPhone, currently at 4 year follow-up he is seizure free and continues to be a successful musician.

Doctors without borders figure 1 leishmaniasis

You’re going to read about things like Chagas disease (kissing bugs transmit the Trypanosoma Cruzi parasite—a favorite ID cause of myocarditis and achalasia on the boards…just saying) and cutaneous leishmaniasis in micro, and you’ll see a picture or two (that is recycled hundreds of times in textbooks). Follow this account, it’ll spark your sense of social justice and make you a little less complacent for sure.

What the image show?

A patient is treated for cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) in Mansehra District, Pakistan. The most common form of leishmaniasis, CL is a parasitic disease transmitted by sandflies which cause ulcer-like lesions and even severe disfigurement. In certain villages, our teams estimate that 60-70% of children are infected with the disease. Cases are referred to the hospital in Darband, where we work in the outpatient department and hospitalization wards. (Photo: © Susan Tector)

ID Stewardship figure 1

Timothy Gauthier is a pharmacist, educator, and social media influencer. You can get a free pharmacotherapy study guide on his platform, IDStewardship. On Figure1, follow him for high yield antimicrobial guidance.

What’s the image show? 

Here’s a sample of what IDStewardship posts for their figure1 cases:

This is #Ceftriaxone, a third-generation #cephalosporin and beta-lactam antibiotic… It has a long T-1/2, so dosing is commonly Q24H or Q12H.. It can be given IM or IV, but does not come oral… IM is very painful so some practitioners mix it with #lidocaine for IM admin… It is a very common drug given to patients admitted to the hospital with UTI or CAP… It’s also a go-to for #Gonorrhea in many places… Ceftriaxone does not cover MRSA or Pseudomonas… Use only when necessary, ceftriaxone is highly associated with “collateral damage” – the negative ecological effects of antibiotics.

Whole body scan figure1

It’s no surprise the radiologists corner the health care social media and meded spaces with their content. A picture is worth a thousand words, right? And sometimes a point or two on an exam.

UChicagoRads’ Figure1 account gives you the opportunity to participate in your own education. Plus, getting pimped isn’t so bad on social media. Look for question and answer type posts like this.

Uchicagorads answer figure1

Mt. Sinai neurosurgery is doing some cool things. Have you listened to our podcast interview with neurosurgery resident, Jonathan Rasouli as part of our Match Smarter Series sponsored by Doximity?

Way more high tech than a podcast, check out the must-see figure1 swipe file showcasing augmented reality in neurosurgery.

What’s the image show?

This is a 3D representation of the patient’s anatomy using MRI and CTA. The vasculature and cranial nerves are seen, and the posterior fossa tumor is in yellow. This simulation can be used for surgical planning and intraoperative navigation. In these renderings, we have the ability to control the amount of information that’s shown through segmentation techniques.

MUSC’s account provides a smorgasbord of surgical photos. From pediatric cardiac transplant surgery (as in this photo), to general and ortho cases. There’s even some content aimed at teaching surgical anatomy. Well worth a follow.

Mutter Museum photo

The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia has a figure one account that is very unlike the rest: many of the images are of specimens over a century old. From specimens of medical oddities to antique surgical equipment, the real Mutter Museum in Pennsylvania has been collecting medical antiquities since before opening its doors in 1863. The original purpose of this peculiar museum? Medical education and research.

Lest we forget to mention this is one of the two museums in the world where you can view actual slices of Einstein’s brain. 

We definitely recommend a visit to the real museum in person, but in the meantime, following the Figure 1 account is the next best thing.

Here is an example of the type of medical education to be found on their page (corresponding to the image above):

And the answer:

Victims of mustard gas had no cough, despite the fact that their bronchiolar tissue was being dissolved. Why? It may be the anticholinergic effect of the mustard gas suppressing the cough reflex.

Figure1on1 has created this incredible account full of the most inspirational doctors out there. From Dr. Susan Standing to Dr. Kevin Rice to Dr. Sylvia Tara, this account is full of influential physicians with excellent Figure1 accounts that will inspire, motivate, and educate you.

You can bet this account posts some of the best mended content of the bunch. Questions are posted daily and the pictures are all taken from real cases. Here’s the question corresponding to the photo above:

The correct answer: anosmia.

Now listen to our interview with Josh Landy from Figure1