How Social Media Benefits Both Urologists and Their Patients

How Social Media Benefits Both Urologists and Their Patients

PUBLIC HEALTH

Urologists discuss the advantages and disadvantages of social media, which platforms early-career urologists can use to share content and engage with patients, and common pitfalls to avoid.

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