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The intersection of online social networking with medical professionalism

Abstract

Aim
To measure the frequency and content of online social networking among medical students and residents.

Methods
Using the online network Facebook, we evaluated online profiles of all medical students (n = 501) and residents (n = 312) at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Objective measures included the existence of a profile, whether it was made private, and any personally identifiable information. Subjective outcomes included photographic content, affiliated social groups, and personal information not generally disclosed in a doctor–patient encounter.

Results
Social networking with Facebook is common among medical trainees, with 44.5% having an account. Medical students used it frequently (64.3%) and residents less frequently (12.8%, p < .0001). The majority of accounts (83.3%) listed at least 1 form of personally identifiable information, only a third (37.5%) were made private, and some accounts displayed potentially unprofessional material. There was a significant decline in utilization of Facebook as trainees approached medical or residency graduation (first year as referent, years 3 and 4, p < .05).

Discussion
While social networking in medical trainees is common in the current culture of emerging professionals, a majority of users allow anyone to view their profile. With a significant proportion having subjectively inappropriate content, ACGME competencies in professionalism must include instruction on the intersection of personal and professional identities.

Thompson, Lindsay A., Kara Dawson, Richard Ferdig, Erik W. Black, J. Boyer, Jade Coutts, and Nicole Paradise Black. “The intersection of online social networking with medical professionalism.” Journal of General Internal Medicine 23, no. 7 (July 2008): 954-957.  

5 July 2008

Bibliographic Data

Title:

The intersection of online social networking with medical professionalism

Author(s):

Thompson, Lindsay A.; Dawson, Kara; Ferdig, Richard; Black, Erik W.; Boyer, J.; Coutts, Jade; Black, Nicole Paradise

Journal

Journal of General Internal Medicine, 23(7), pp. 954-957
(2008-07)

URL:

Full article

DOI:

10.1007/s11606-008-0538-8

PMID:

18612723

Keyword(s):

Behaviour, Education, Internet, Social Media, Students, United States

Citation:

Thompson, Lindsay A., Kara Dawson, Richard Ferdig, Erik W. Black, J. Boyer, Jade Coutts, and Nicole Paradise Black. “The intersection of online social networking with medical professionalism.” Journal of General Internal Medicine 23, no. 7 (July 2008): 954-957.  

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All Journal of General Internal Medicine articles (35).

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Lindsay A. Thompson (1).

Kara Dawson (1).

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University of Florida - College of Medicine - Department of Pediatrics, USA

University of Florida - College of Medicine - Department of Epidemiology and Health Policy, USA

University of Florida - College of Education, USA

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