Social Media for Medical Students, Residents, and Faculty

Do medical students, residents, and faculty need to learn certain modalities with respect to their use of social media?

I think it’s an important question to address (same applies to nursing and other allied professions – more to come in future posts, of course).

I’ve developed a long list of categories, sub-categories, and topics which will help the current and future generation of medical professionals to safely and effectively use social media in their education, research, peer-to-peer and student-faculty collaboration, continuing education, the protection of patient safety, their clinical practices, the extension and high quality patient care, and many other uses of social and other digital software and hardware.

Before I start to publish this material, I want all of us to put down the “social media in Healthcare” mantra for a bit.


Because there are much more fundamental principles that need to be collated and integrated and valued with respect to the participatory nature of medicine.

The short-list:

  • Patient Safety (words can hurt)
  • Patient Safety (dignity is easy to violate)
  • Patient Safety (privacy matters)
  • Patient Safety!!!
  • Critical Thinking
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Continuing Education
  • Pedagogical Excellence
  • Highest Commitment to Ethics
  • Continual Development of Inter-professional Collaboration
  • Participatory Medicine
  • Shared Decision-Making (this is really tough – lots of nuances/dilemas)
  • Ethics, Ethics, Ethics
  • Reality Tunnel Awareness

I recommend following these gentlemen: Dr. Kent Bottles and Brian McGowan, PhD.

As a reminder, you can always monitor these hashtags for a open-ended health-related tweets: #MDchat and #MedEd, and #SocialQI.

Stay tuned.

@PhilBaumann@HealthIsSocial@MD_chat – @RNchat