Unprofessional content on Facebook accounts of US urology residency graduates
Koo K, Ficko Z, Gormley EA. Unprofessional content on
Facebook accounts of US urology residency graduates. BJU Int. 2017 Apr 9. doi:
10.1111/bju.13846. [Epub ahead of print]
To characterize unprofessional content on public Facebook
accounts of contemporary US urology residency graduates.
Facebook was queried with the names of all urologists who
graduated from US urology residency programmes in 2015 to identify publicly
accessible profiles. Profiles were assessed for unprofessional or potentially
objectionable content using a prospectively designed rubric, based on
professionalism guidelines by the American Urological Association, the American
Medical Association, and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical
Education. Content authorship (self vs other) was determined, and profiles were
reviewed for self-identification as a urologist.
Of 281 graduates, 223 (79%) were men and 267 (95%) held MD
degrees. A total of 201 graduates (72%) had publicly identifiable Facebook
profiles. Of these, 80 profiles (40%) included unprofessional or potentially
objectionable content, including 27 profiles (13%) reflecting explicitly
unprofessional behaviour, such as depictions of intoxication, uncensored
profanity, unlawful behaviour, and confidential patient information. When
unprofessional content was found, the content was self-authored in 82% of
categories. Among 85 graduates (42%) who self-identified as a urologist on social
media, nearly half contained concerning content. No differences in content were
found between men and women, MD and DO degree-holders, or those who did or did
not identify as a urologist (all P > 0.05).
The majority of recent residency graduates had publicly
accessible Facebook profiles, and a substantial proportion contained
self-authored unprofessional content. Of those identifying as urologists on
Facebook, approximately half violated published professionalism guidelines.
Greater awareness of trainees' online identities is needed.
Courtesy of Doximity and https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/04/170410085429.htm