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Social media best practices

Residency Program Insider, August 26, 2020

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You often hear in the news about workers being fired from their jobs because they posted confidential/negative information about their company/coworkers. As social media/networking is most likely a mainstay of your personal life, there are some critical points for you to remember:

  • Do not talk about patients or patient care events on social networkingsites. Even without the patient name, the information is stillconfidential.
  • Do not take pictures of your patients and share them with your colleaguesbecause you’ve seen a fascinating case—this will undoubtedlymerit a call from the compliance office of your institution.
  • Do not poke fun about your patients or your superiors on anynetworking site because it almost always backfires and you can bewritten up for lack of professionalism.
     



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