Welcome to Connecting doctors - get started.
Connecting doctors and the BMA website now use a single sign on. Select the ‘Sign in’ icon and use your BMA website credentials.
Please note that when you are signed in your name will be attributed to any post or comment. If you are posting in an open group that doesn’t require login, ‘anonymous’ will be attributed to your posts and comments.
Updating your profile
To add a picture (avatar) to your profile select the ‘Edit profile’ icon and select the blank picture icon in the top left-hand corner. Browse your computer for an image, select and upload.
Add a short bio to tell people a bit about who you are. This could include your job title, location and your interests and hobbies.
Different types of group
There are two different types of groups – private and open.
Open groups don’t require membership and you will be able to participate in discussion straight away.
Private groups will require you to either, join the group using the ‘click to join’ icon at the top of the screen, or request membership which will then be approved by the group’s owner.
How to find a group
You can search for a group by using the A to Z filter. The A-Z filter allows you to filter the community based on your role, location and topic of interest.
For example if you were a Scottish GP looking for pension advice, you can select ‘General practitioner’, ‘Scotland’ and ‘Pension’ to bring up relevant content in Connecting Doctors.
If you have an idea for a new group that you would like to champion send us an email to [email protected]
What’s the difference between a blog and a discussion?
Short for ‘weblog’, a blog refers to an opinion-based piece of writing that shares an individual’s ideas and experience in an informal way. Blogs are usually between 400-500 words in length and most groups on Connecting doctors will have a blog space, which will be updated regularly. You can leave comments on blogs.
Discussion forums are more interactive and are designed for conversation rather than one-off comment. Discussion threads form around specific topics, and you can submit your own comments and opinions or read those of others.
How to start a discussion or write a blog post
When you have found the relevant group, select the ‘New Post’ icon in the top right-hand corner and select the blog or discussion you would like to post in from the drop down menu.
Enter your title, the body of your text and any tags or keywords, to make your content searchable, then click ‘Post’.
How to reply to a discussion or leave a comment
To reply to a discussion, select the post you want to reply to and click the ‘Reply’ button underneath the post and a text box will appear.
You can respond to the original post at the top of the screen or, alternately, respond to another member’s comment below.
Setting your notification preferences
You can manage the notifications that you receive from Connecting doctors via your profile. When signed in, hover over your name in the header. This will bring up a menu that includes ‘notifications’. These show you notifications specific to you and the groups and discussions that you are a part of.
You can control your email notifications through the ‘My account’ menu option. Select the ‘Connecting doctors settings’ option and customise your email subscriptions.
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