Who's misbehaving? Perceptions of unprofessional social media use by medical students and faculty

Elizabeth A. Kitsis, Felise B. Milan, Hillel W. Cohen, Daniel Myers, Patrick D. Herron, Mimi McEvoy, Jacqueline Weingarten-Arams, Martha S. Grayson

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Background: Social media use by physicians offers potential benefits but may also be associated with professionalism problems. The objectives of this study were: 1) to examine and compare characteristics of social media use by medical students and faculty; 2) to explore the scope of self- and peer-posting of unprofessional online content; and 3) to determine what actions were taken when unprofessional content was viewed. Methods: An anonymous, web-based survey was sent to medical students and faculty in October, 2013 at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York. Results: Three-quarters of medical students reported using social media "very frequently" (several times a day), whereas less than one-third of faculty did so (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number67
JournalBMC Medical Education
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 18 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Education

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