Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Facebook misconduct by medical students

Some medical students are using social media very poorly. They are posting inappropriate comments, pictures, and videos using Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and other social media outlets. We are seeing articles in journals like the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) about this and MSNBC is picking up on these stories as well.
The JAMA article is titled, "Online Posting of Unprofessional Content by Medical Students"
The MSNBC story is titled, "Facebook misconduct: Med students cross line"
What more will we see in the near future? The bottom line is that medical students need to be very cautious when they use social media. Something that may seem harmless may come back to haunt you down the road. I'm a big fan of social media, but I try to use them cautiously to balance my personal life (on sites like Facebook) with my professional life and my blogs.

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