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Med Students Tweeting and Blogging Patient Details

Medical students learn a lot of things at school, but apparently, discretion may not be one of them. Fox News reports that a number of recently surveyed medical school deans said they know of students posting "unprofessional content" on sites like Facebook, Youtube and even personal blogs.

Whether intentional or not, this content ranges from alarming examples (identifying patient details on Facebook) to more minor ones (use of profanity). The survey's leader, Dr. Katherine Chretien of the Washington, D.C., VA Medical Center, told Fox News that the real problem is that most medical schools lack guidelines on what's acceptable for students to post online. According to the survey, 47 of the 78 participating deans were aware of such conduct, but only 38-percent of participating schools have a set of guidelines in place.

A trip to the doctor is nerve-racking enough, without having to worry about your private health information appearing on the Web. One thing's for sure. If we find a blog post with details from our latest exam, even a doctor won't be able to help the medical student responsible. [From: Fox News]

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