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Online professionalism for medical practitioners

Media Release

A guide to online professionalism for medical practitioners and medical students.

1st December 2010

A guide for doctors and medical students engaging in the world of online social media has been released by the New Zealand Medical Students' Association (NZMSA). The guide, which focuses on online professionalism, was a joint effort by the Australian Medical Association Council of Doctors-in-Training, the New Zealand Medical Association Doctors-in-Training Council, the Australian Medical Students' Association and the New Zealand Medical Students' Association.

"The Social Media and the Medical Profession guide raises awareness of the risks that medical students and doctors may encounter when they use online social media," says Oliver Hansby, President of the New Zealand Medical Students' Association.

"Social media is a big part of many medical students' personal lives and it is important that this does not impact upon future careers and professional relationships. In addition to exploring some of the risks associated with social media, the guide aims to provide some practical steps for maintaining professional standards," explains Mr Hansby.

The guide has been launched and can be found on http://www.nzmsa.org.nz/resources/

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