Title

Medical Students and Staff Physicians: The Question of Social Media

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

7-1-2017

Journal

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (United States)

Volume

157

Issue

1

DOI

10.1177/0194599817696299

Keywords

medical student; social media

Abstract

© 2017, © American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation 2017. Social media’s prevalence among the professional world is rapidly increasing. Its use among medical personnel—specifically, medical students, resident physicians, and staff physicians—could compromise personal-professional boundaries. Could the acceptance or lack of acceptance of a friend request bias the medical student application process? If friend requests are accepted, then medical students, resident physicians, and staff physicians are provided access to very personal aspects of one another’s lives, which may not have been the intent. The question remains whether the separation of one’s personal life from work is necessary. Should medical students restrict social media relationships with residents and staff physicians to professional social media networks? The suitability and opportunities of social media among medical professionals is an ongoing issue for research that needs continued evaluation.

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