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Social media is playing a larger role in resident selection

Residency Program Insider, November 20, 2012

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The influence of social media websites like Facebook is seeping into the admissions process at medical schools and residency programs, according a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Six hundred medical school and residency program admissions professionals responded to the Miller School’s social media survey. While only nine percent of respondents said they used social media sites to evaluate applicants, 19 percent said they used some kind of Internet search to get more information about applicants. And about half of respondents said they believed applicants who posted unprofessional content on social networking sites could compromise their chances of admission.

The study’s authors concluded social networking sites will affect the selection of medical students and residents and that formal guidelines about professional behavior on social networking sites could help protect applicants against “unforeseen bias in the selection process.”



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