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Guide released to help doctors maintain their professional standards while using social media

New Zealand Medical Students’ Association, in collaboration with Australian Medical Association Council of Doctors-in-Training, New Zealand Medical Association Doctors-in-Training Council and Australian Medical Students’ Association, has released Social Media and the Medical Profession, a guide for doctors and medical students engaged in the world of online social media.

New Zealand Medical Students’ Association, in collaboration with Australian Medical Association Council of Doctors-in-Training, New Zealand Medical Association Doctors-in-Training Council and Australian Medical Students’ Association, has released Social Media and the Medical Profession, a guide for doctors and medical students engaged in the world of online social media. The guide is aimed at helping doctors to maintain their professional standards while using social media.

The Social Media and the Medical Profession guide suggests medical practitioners to be careful about what they say and how they say it; to keep their friends close and others … not so close; to consider the destiny of their data; to take control of their privacy; and to consider if they are maintaining professional standards online?

According to Australian Medical Association, although doctors and medical students are increasingly participating in online social media, evidence is emerging from studies, legal cases, and media reports that the use of these media can pose risks for medical professionals. Inappropriate online behaviour can potentially damage personal integrity, doctor-patient and doctor-colleague relationships, and future employment opportunities.

“The Social Media and the Medical Profession guide raises awareness of the risks that medical students and doctors may encounter when they use online social media,” Oliver Hansby, president, New Zealand Medical Students’ Association, has said. “Social media is a big part of many medical students’ personal lives and it is important that this does not impact upon future careers and professional relationships.” [Source: Voxy]

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