How to use LinkedIn to expand your Medical English.

Use LinkedIn to build your Medical English vocabulary, become an active LinkedIn user and make more professional connections.

Here’s how:

Reading

Find an interesting post or article.

Need help finding an interesting article? Use hastags.

These can be general, like #medicine #healthcare #medicalenglish, or more specific to your speciality #cardiology #internalmedicine or something that you’d like to learn more about: #healthcareai #roboticsurgery

DO NOT click on the translate button.

Try and understand the main ideas first.
Make a note of any new vocabulary.
Check the meaning and pronunciation in a medical dictionary.
I recommend the Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary

If you want to see more examples of how the word or phrase is used check out Skell

Subscribe to a few newsletters

These can be specific to your field or more general, but choose carefully, too many and you’ll probably read none. Subscribing means you won’t miss some of the more in-depth articles that the specialists you follow post.

Not sure where to find good ones?
Check out the newsletters your colleagues subscribe to.
How? Scroll down to the bottom of their profile to INTERESTS and click NEWSLETTERS.

Find out which newsletters your colleagues are reading.

Writing

Leave a comment under someone’s post.
Say what you liked about it, what you learned or add your own experience. Don’t just write ‘Great Post.’

Add a comment to the new collaborative AI posts on LinkedIn and gain a Profile Badge
It’s a great place to practise writing longer comments.

Worried about your written English? Check it using Grammarly or ChatGPT.

DO NOT use AI to write your comments.
Yes, it’s great for giving you ideas, but constructing your own responses is more cognitively challenging and better practice. You know what they say “we value more what we have to work harder for”. well, it’s true. It’s why using a dictionary over a translator is a far better learning tool.

Try and use a few of the new words you learned in your comments.
Research shows we have to use new vocabulary multiple times in order to move it from our short term memory to our long term memory. And if you want that new vocabulary to make the journey from your cortex to your hippocampus and back again, you are going to have to do some work.

Join a LinkedIn Group
Join a specialist group and write a short introduction. 

Hi. I’m [Rachel] and I’d just like to say hello and introduce myself. I’m a [….] and I’m based in […]. I’ve been working in the area of […] and I’m interested in exchanging ideas about current developments in the field.

Writing a short introduction will move you from being a passive observer to an active participant of any group. It will also encourage other shy group members to participate.

Listening & Speaking

No need to leave LinkedIn to improve your listening and speaking skills.

For listening,  check out LinkedIn video events.
Most video events are recorded so you’ll be able to watch again and practise your active listening skills.

For Speaking, check out LinkedIn audio events.
Live audio events are more like group discussions and are more challenging than watching 1 or 2 speakers on an interview style video event.
But you could get the opportunity to speak. Just raise your hand and wait for the organiser to invite you.

Feeling nervous? Make a few notes about what you want to say before you speak.

Feeling Brave? Host your own Linkedin event.
And if you do, don’t forget to invite me.

Need support with Medical English, check out my programmes.
Looking for a ghostwriter to make your LinkedIn posts sound more natural than AI? Send me a message: rachel@fluentmedicalenglish.com