This article by Alison Essary, MHPE, PA-C from Midwestern University suggests the use of social media is the norm among the digital native generation, with 75% of the Millennial Generation connected through Facebook. For students in medical education who struggle to distinguish between personal and professional boundaries, social media provides yet another challenge. Incidents of unprofessional conduct and academic dismissal have been reported. Administration, faculty, and students would benefit from clear policies
and procedures, case scenarios of social media violations, and suggestions for using social media wisely.
By Terry Kind, Pradip D. Patel, Desiree Lie & Katherine C. Chretien from Medical Teacher. Engagement with social media can be personal, professional, or both, for health-related and educational purposes. Lapses in professionalism can have devastating consequences, but when used well social media can enhance the lives of and learning by health professionals and trainees, ultimately for public good. These practical tips help the newcomer to social media get started by identifying goals, establishing comfort, and connecting.
Susannah Fox, associate director of digital strategy at the Pew Internet & American Life Project, explains why she believes online networks among and between patients, caregivers, and physicians are the way of the future. This talk, given at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, is part of faculty development associated with a Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation grant that Einstein was awarded in 2012 to promote online professionalism among faculty and students.