By: Jennifer L. Keating, J.D., MSIII
University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine
Former Advocacy Coordinator, AMSA Professionalism & Ethics
In all situations, including on social media sites, members of the medical profession should always represent him/herself in a manner that reflects values of professionalism, accountability, integrity, honor, acceptance of diversity, and commitment to ethical behavior.
For purposes of these guidelines, “social media” includes Internet and mobilebased applications that are built on usergenerated shared content. Social networks including, but not limited to, blogging, microblogging (e.g., Twitter), networking sites (e.g., Facebook, LinkedIn), podcasts and video sites (e.g., Flickr, YouTube) – offer opportunities for communication, information/experience sharing, collaborative learning, professional interactions and outreach.
Guidelines for social networking