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It's your own risk: medical students' perspectives on online professionalism.
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PMID:  20881708     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: U.S. medical schools have reported unprofessional online content by medical students. To inform institutional policies and curricula, we conducted a qualitative study exploring medical student perspectives on online posting. METHOD: Six focus groups were conducted with students from a single institution in November 2009. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using qualitative methods. RESULTS: Sixty-four students participated. Besides HIPAA violations and illegal activities, students disagreed as to what was inappropriate to post. They experienced online identity conflicts and described ambivalence toward Facebook. Students were concerned about online activity risks and lack of personal control. Their postings were guided by common sense and what they believed was expected from medical students. Students desired recommendations for appropriate content and suggested raising awareness through discussion. CONCLUSIONS: Medical students viewed online postings through a lens of personal risk. They desired recommendations but were sensitive to feeling controlled by their school.
Katherine C Chretien; Ellen F Goldman; Louis Beckman; Terry Kind
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges     Volume:  85     ISSN:  1938-808X     ISO Abbreviation:  Acad Med     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8904605     Medline TA:  Acad Med     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S68-71     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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