Surgical Grand Rounds: Social Media in Surgical Education (January 16, 2020)

Presented by Andrew Morris, MD, Chief Resident

Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine


Further readings and resources referenced in Dr. Morris’ presentation:

Appropriate/Responsible Social Media Interactions

ACS (2019). Statement on Guidelines for the Ethical Use of Social Media by Surgeons. Bull Am Coll Surg. May 1, 2019. 

Landman MP, Shelton J, Kauffmann RM, Dattilo JB. Guidelines for maintaining a professional compass in the era of social networking. J Surg Educ. 2010 Nov-Dec;67(6):381-6.

ASCRS Guidelines:

  • Treat all online communication as public
  • Patient privacy is paramount.
  • Respect intellectual property rights at all times.
  • Remember that physicians retain their identity as medical professionals on Social Media.
  • Consider the effect of posts on physician-patient relationships.
  • Follow the rules.
  • Do not exceed authority.
  • Be transparent.
  • Exercise common sense.
  • Recognize that deleting a post from Social Media does not necessarily erase it, even if it is no longer visible on the screen.

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