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Web vs real life: Advice for medical students

There is an interesting article at news.ufl.edu about the web usage of medical students. This generation of medstudents is already on the web (Facebook, blogs, community sites, Twitter, etc.). If they think their web life doesn’t represent their real identity, they are absolutely wrong. An excerpt from a recent study:

Thompson and several researchers from the UF’s colleges of Education and Medicine did a review of the Facebook sites of 362 UF medical students and residents and found that a significant portion of them were publicizing personal information most physicians would never share with their patients.

The researchers randomly selected 10 Facebook profiles for a more in-depth analysis, looking for hard-to-quantify items that patients or colleagues might find objectionable. Seven of the 10 included photographs in which the subject was drinking alcohol, and some form of excessive or hazardous drinking was implied in as many as half of those photos.

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My dear fellow medical student friends! If you accept my pieces of advice:

Don’t forget, patients and your future employers will find what you publish about you and your life on the web. So use it wisely…

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  1. very good advice for students and pretty much everyone else too :)

    best regards,
    alex / http://www.alensa.com

    July 28, 2008
  2. Leroy Glinchy #

    LIfe’s too short to be paranoid. We’re all going to die. Just relax and enjoy your life.

    The next generation is wise enough not to judge people for what they do on their own time.

    Medical students should probably spend their time drinking, hooking up, and studying (in that order) before residency/marriage/kids take over their life, and they regret the fun they never had.

    I regret every night I studied for med school; wish I had gone to more parties. They are the places you miss all the good memories. One night studying is pretty much the same as the other. Same goes for wasting time in front of a computer.

    July 28, 2008

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