Follow- up Statement on Recent Site Activity and Moderation
Unfortunately the gloves are off again. Content from this blog has caused (some) readers to be upset… As a background, we started this blog as a not-for-profit and not for personal gain platform for medical education. And overall it’s worked out really well. We have loved the experience but the last 6 months has seen the medical education foundation wavering.
This is based on recent experience of posts about the Australasian Emergency Fellowship Exam. Here is some (unsolicited) advice for those who post on this forum anonymously and have previously been ‘warned’ on my ‘open letter’. (Link)
We implore you, to refer to the AMC social medial policy when posting online. Be careful. You may think your anonymous, but your not necessarily. People can work it out and we are professionals and seen by the public as such. That means something.
For those who posted and have had comments moderated by us please note that you are medical professionals and breaching the AMC social media policy. Ironically, this exam, that we love to hate tests professionalism and our online posts actually reflect badly upon us with the senior doctors who actually want to help.
We may not agree with the ‘E.A.G.’ line by line, but we must acknowledge that the issue of ‘racism’ is in fact not clear cut. Not binary. Not simple. This is an evidence based comment that I have thoroughly explained in my replies and previous posts.
It may be cathartic to post openly and anonymously angry comments and opinions but actually it is circular if it is not a conversation. If you enter a conversation, not willing to be changed, it’s not really a conversation is it?
AMC Social Medial Policy
Here is a summary of the issues to think about when posting:
- Have you ever:
- Googled yourself?
- Search for your full name in Google, particularly ‘Australian Sites Only’ and ‘New Zealand Sites Only’.
- Do you feel comfortable with the results that are shown?
- Posted information about a patient or person from your workplace on Facebook?
- Have a look through your old online posts and blogs;
- Added patients as friends on Facebook or MySpace?
- Added people from your workplace as friends?
- Made a public comment online that could be considered offensive?
- Become a member or fan of any group that might be considered racist, sexist, or otherwise derogatory?
- Browse through all the groups that you have joined and consider whether these are an accurate reflection of the person you are, and the values that you hold.
- Put up photos or videos of yourself online that you would not want your patients, employers or people from your workplace to see?
- Checked your privacy settings on Facebook or MySpace?
- Felt that a friend has posted information online that may result in negative consequences for them? Did you let them know?
Here is a link to the useful AMC guideline: Click Here