Navigation Links
Med Students Posting Unprofessional Messages: Survey
Date:9/22/2009

Patient privacy was violated in some instances, schools admit

TUESDAY, Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) -- Many U.S. medical schools have had cases of medical students posting unprofessional content online, including incidents where patient confidentiality was violated, according to a new study. It also found that few schools have policies to deal with such transgressions.

Researchers sent an anonymous survey to 130 medical schools in the Association of American Medical Colleges and received 78 responses. Of the schools that responded, 47 (60 percent) reported incidents involving students posting unprofessional content.

In the past year, six of those schools had no incidents, 36 had fewer than five incidents, three had five to 15 incidents, and one was aware of incidents but did not know how many, according to Dr. Katherine C. Chretien, of the Washington, D.C., VA Medical Center, and colleagues.

"Incidents involving violation of patient confidentiality in the past year were reported by 13 percent (6/46). Student use of profanity, frankly discriminatory language, depiction of intoxication, and sexually suggestive material were more commonly reported," Chretien wrote in a news release.

"Of 45 schools that reported an incident and responded to the question about disciplinary actions, 30 gave informal warning (67 percent) and 3 reported student dismissal (7 percent). Policies that cover student-posted online content were reported by 38 percent (28/73) of deans. Of schools without such policies, 11 percent (5/46) were actively developing new policies to cover online content. Deans reporting incidents were significantly more likely to report having such a policy (51 percent vs. 18 percent), believing these issues could be effectively addressed (91 percent vs. 63 percent;), and having higher levels of concern," she added.

The researchers recommended a number of ways to address the concerns identified in the study.

"The formal professional curriculum should include a digital media component, which could include instruction on managing the 'digital footprint,' such as electing privacy settings on social networking sites and performing periodic Web searches of oneself. This is important given that residency program directors, future employers, and patients may access this information," they said.

Also, "discussions among students, residents, and faculty should occur to help define medical professionalism in the era of Web 2.0," the researchers concluded.

The study appears in the Sept. 23-30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a theme issue on medical education.

More information

For more on Internet safety, see wiredsafety.org.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, news release, Sept. 22, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. NFL Network Launches 2009 National Keep Gym in School Campaign at New York City Middle School; Effort Will Give More U.S. Students Access to Quality Physical Education
2. Internet Can Help Curb Drinking Among College Students
3. Safe Routes to School Challenges Connecticut Students to Walk It and Bike It to School
4. UM receives grant to support graduate students in the family nurse practitioner program
5. DaVitas Patient-Centric Modalities Offer Students with Kidney Disease More Choices
6. To get college students to wash hands requires proper tools, attention-getting tactics
7. Getting College Students To Wash Hands, Halt Disease, Requires Giving Them Proper Tools and Spreading The Word In Ways That Get Attention, Say K-State Expert and Colleague
8. Is it Exam Time for Students Already?
9. College Students Get More Drunk When Drinks Are Cheap
10. USC Gerontology Students Participate in Aging Sensitivity Training Provided by SCAN Health Plan
11. Career Step Partners with SUNY Orange County Community College to Help Students Gain Careers in Growing Healthcare Industry
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Med Students Posting Unprofessional Messages: Survey
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... Like jewels in a crown, the ... – London is home to Ontario’s leading day spa and one of Canada’s few ... began with a unique concept to combine spa services with hair and beauty ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 31, 2016 , ... WaterField Designs, ... digital-minded professionals, announces the waxed-canvas and leather Duo Dopp Kit , the ideal ... canvas or ballistic nylon, the Duo is smartly designed for Dad’s grooming ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... , ... May 31, 2016 , ... Spectrum Aquatics has ... new lift has been designed and built with the user in mind. , “Over ... consultants have informed us that an ADA 400 lbs lift is a necessary requirement ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... May 31, 2016 , ... Interest ... a primary screening tool and as an orthogonal tool for RNAi hit validation. A ... functional and specific guide RNAs—allows rapid generation of CRISPR RNA (crRNA) collections in arrayed ...
(Date:5/31/2016)... ... May 31, 2016 , ... TeaZa® Energy, LLC announces ... on World No Tobacco Day . The new flavor—Tropical TeaZa? Energy—will be ... this summer. , The new flavor is best described as a juicy, taste ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/26/2016)... 2016 Since its commercial introduction ... essential life science tool for conducting genetic studies in ... reveals in its new report that the industry sits ... powered by a range of new applications in the ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140723/694805 ) , Since the ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... , Germany and GERMANTOWN, ... QIAGEN N.V. (NASDAQ: QGEN ; Frankfurt Prime Standard: ... licensing and co-development agreement with Therawis Diagnostics GmbH to develop ... be to develop and market PITX2 as a marker to ... high-risk breast cancer patients. "We are pleased to ...
(Date:5/25/2016)... , May 25, 2016 As ... Expo earlier this month, the numbers and momentum of ... to climb into the billions, more research and development ... 4th Edition State of Legal Marijuana Markets Report  from ... data-analysis firm, much of the increase in sector is ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: