As technology has advanced social media has become an every day part of our lives. As doctors it can be a valuable tool for educational purposes and for meeting and talking to colleagues. The majority of us will also use it in our own social lives outside of the medical sphere.
However, the use of social media can also pose challenges for doctors. As GP trainees you will work within relatively small populations of patients who are often part of close-knit communities. Many of those patients will have access to social media and therefore potential access to you and your views. Earlier this year the RCGP produced The Social Media Highway Code which aims to provide some principles to help doctors use social media effectively and in a responsible manner – I would definitely suggest you have a look!
The GMC have issued guidance on social media and medical defence organisations are taking an interest. Personally, I feel that social media has a huge amount to offer when it comes to sharing ideas, discussing issues and also providing a source of support. Are you willing to give it a go?