August 26, 2016

Balancing Privacy and Professionalism: A Survey of General Surgery Program Directors on Social Media and Surgical Education.

This survey of surgery residency program directors found that problems with residents and faculty using social media were common, most programs did not have formal teaching or known institutional policies in place. J Surg Educ. 2016 Aug 11. pii: S1931-7204(16)30118-0.

Comment: This survey had only a 42.5% response rate. However, even with adjusting for non-responders, the conclusion remains valid - violations of social media conduct deemed appropriate by the surgical residency director is fairly common. Educational programs and professional guidelines are needed.