How Can Social Media Get Us in Trouble?

A healthcare social media research article published in Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery, September 11, 2017

Title
How Can Social Media Get Us in Trouble?
Authors (alpha)
Rishi Batra, Sean J. Langenfeld, Sean Langenfeld
Published
September 11, 2017
Journal
Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Impact Factor
.839
DOI
10.1055/s-0037-1604255
Pubmed
28924400
Altmetric
A healthcare social media research article published in Clinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery, September 11, 2017

Abstract

When utilized properly, social media offers several personal and professional benefits for the practicing surgeon, including peer networking, education, e-mentorship, marketing, recruitment, and patient outreach. However, unprofessional online behavior is common among surgeons, and this improper use of social media can be quite dangerous. This article reviews the dangers of social media and illustrates this with examples of unprofessional behavior and the associated consequences. It also provides recommendations for maintaining a professional and productive online persona. Surgeons must understand the various social media platforms and their target audience while upholding online professionalism at all times.


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The Altmetric Attention Score is based on the attention a research article gets on the internet. Each coloured thread in the circle represents a different type of online attention and the number in the centre is the Altmetric Attention Score. The score is calculated based on two main sources of online attention: social media and mainstream news media.