A Really Good Medical Social Media Guide

A great resource.  Well done the AMA.

A guide to online professionalism for medical practitioners and medical students

The Australian Medical Association have developed a social media guide for health professionals. This code of ethics was developed by the Australian and New Zealand Medical Associations (AMA and NZMA) and the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) partly in respose to the growing use of social media by medical students, in particular facebook.

The full guideline to down load can be found here but they also provide links to things that health professionals should consider:

The links in particular are a really good resource, and provide case studies and informative examples:

Real life examples include an employer who turned down an applicant after discovering that he had used Facebook to criticise previous employers and disclosed company information,19 a doctor who missed out on a job because the doctor’s online activities revealed an interest in witchcraft,20 and a female psychiatrist who failed to gain employment after a recruiting agency found explicit pictures on MySpace of her intoxicated.21

(references link to the AMA site)

Another example of Defamation (ie what not to do)

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.

Kind regards,

Lowly intern

(based on an actual posting on a social networking site)

There are many others.  It’s a really good resource – Clicking on the reference list alone brings a wealth of information. Big thanks to Howard Luks @hjluks for alerting me to this.