Social Media and the Medical Profession

“A guide to online professionalism for medical practitioners and medical students”

http://www.ama.com.au/socialmedia

The Australian Medical Association Council of Doctors-in-Training (AMACDT), the New Zealand Medical Association Doctors-in-Training Council (NZMADITC), the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA), and the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) are committed to upholding the principles of medical professionalism. As such, we have created some practical guidelines to assist doctors and medical students to continue to enjoy the online world, while maintaining professional standards.

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Not a bad start. Not sufficient for the purposes of most, but not a bad start. Hope others will build on this.

UPDATE:
Ratcatcher’s comment below reminds me that I should also link to a similar attempt by the American Medical Association. I agree with Ratcatcher on the relative merits of these two efforts.

[via Ratcatcher]

3 thoughts on “Social Media and the Medical Profession

  1. (from page 4)… Dear Emergency Registrar, Thanks a million for misdiagnosing my patient’s perforated bowel as constipation and treating aggressively with laxatives. I’m sure she appreciated the subsequent cardiac arrest and multiorgan failure. Don’t worry, she just needs a new set of kidneys and a liver and she’ll be right. And with that kind of performance, I’m sure you can help her acquire them. (based on an actual posting on a social networking site) – certainly makes some good points!

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