Medical Schools wrestle with student content online

Apparently, medical students are having a hard time figuring out what to put online. According to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that 60% of deans in the study indicated incidents of students posting unprofessional content online.

As part of their study, the researchers surveyed the deans of all 130 medical schools in the United States; 78 responded. Of those who responded, 47 — or 60 percent — reported incidents of students’ posting unprofessional content online.

Posts that violated patient confidentiality were rare; only six schools reported such episodes.

By far the most incidents involved profanity, discriminatory language, sexually suggestive material and depictions of drunkenness. Most resulted in informal warnings.

Here’s the story from the NY Times on the topic. Is the issue a higher standard for future doctors? A brightline between administrator ideas of “inappropriate online content” or is something amiss with the entire premise of the study?