Med Students Crossing The Line On The Internet

A new medical school survey finds that some future doctors are getting into trouble for their unprofessional writings and postings online.

The study's lead author says the number of such postings was "higher than we expected." And she calls those only "the tip of the iceberg."

These include a student posting patient details on Facebook, and another who requested an inappropriate friendship with a patient on the same site. Other examples included profanity.

A quick search of YouTube finds numerous videos posted by medical students, from harmless musical numbers to a prank with what appears to be a dead body.

The study's author says there's no way to tell whether the cadaver prank is real or not. But either way, she says, it doesn't reflect well on the medical profession.

The study found 47 of 78 medical school deans who responded to the survey knew of incidents of unprofessional conduct online.

The study appears in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association.

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  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Sep 24, 2009 at 05:45 PM
    Would it really be so bad - I mean, what would it hurt - if doctors and doctors-to-be could express themselves as casually and anonymously online as the rest of us? @Greenville Resident - Genital mutilation is a different story altogether. It's an international tragedy when it's done to girls (largely in underdeveloped parts of Africa and the Middle East), but the long-standing Jewish tradition became big in America and the rest of the civilized world, I think, but it's still genital mutilation, and as I understand it, they're both done for the same reason: to limit or remove enjoyment from procreation. But again, entirely beside the point.
  • by Greenville Resident Location: Greenville on Sep 23, 2009 at 10:18 AM
    Why do you think doctors and obgyn's talk parents into/influencing them to circumcise their boys, when there's NO medical need for it. Doctors know that most insurance companies won't pay for this cosmetic surgery...Doctors DO KNOW that the $150-$300 cost for this unneccessary procedure is an extra paycheck for them! Yep it's all about the
  • by Med Professional Location: Hospital on Sep 23, 2009 at 07:45 AM's about the money and comes 3rd ;) It's a very rewarding profession.
  • by Bill Location: Greenville on Sep 23, 2009 at 07:14 AM
    I had worked with the Med school for 24 years and I have to say is that most of the med students are in it for the money and they get the narcissistic butts as stated for the ones who teach them and who do anything to make sure they make it though the 4 years. What a story this would be if one went under cover to get thr real story.
  • by Aunt B Location: Greenville on Sep 23, 2009 at 04:40 AM
    All doctors are crazy
  • by tod Location: 7 springs on Sep 23, 2009 at 03:14 AM
    this should be no surprise. I'm a nurse, most docs are narcissistic butts who care little about patients and with the generation of kids coming up with no morals this is what we will have " caring" for us in the future

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