The interest in this was generated from a conversation on the CORDem List-serve.
My take-home from the paper is that medical boards are more concerned about your Social Media behavior than you likely are.
"Thought everyone might be interested, on the heels of ****'s social media policy inquiry, to read this article (Greysen SR, et.al. Ann Intern Med. 2013;158:124-130.) on how surveyed State Medical Boards might view certain posts by practitioners on social media sites. Thought provoking. The highlights of the article are as follows:
The state medical boards who responded to the survey had a variety of opinions about what kinds of social media activity would prompt an investigation. There was wide consensus about some things, and very little consensus about others.
HIGH CONSENSUS: Things nearly all medical boards agree would trigger an investigation
Misinformation on a physician's website.
Posting photos of patients receiving medical treatment without their consent.
Contacting a patient through a dating website for a date.
MODERATE CONSENSUS: Less than three-quarters but more than half of medical boards said this would trigger an investigation.
Posting a photo onto a social media site of doctor clearly intoxicated.
Posting patient narratives containing potential identifiers.
Using discriminatory language on a blog or social media site.
LOW CONSENSUS: Things fewer than half of state medical boards said would trigger an investigation.
Posting something to a blog or social media site that is disrespectful of patients but doesn't contain potential identifiers.
Posting a photo to a social media site that shows doctors drinking but not clearly intoxicated."