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Social Media Policy

Almost all students who enter medical school communicate via social media, such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and blogs, where comments about work and school are common. The Zucker School of Medicine requires the responsible use of social media by its students for school-related purposes. It is important for medical students to recognize that professional behavior extends to all social media.

Social Media – Internet-based applications which support and promote the exchange of user-developed content. Social media can take many different forms, including weblogs, Internet forums, social blogs, micro-blogs, broadcast text messages, wikis, podcasts, pictures, videos, ratings and social bookmarks. Some current examples include, but are not limited to, Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

Blog – A web site containing the writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations and/or opinions, and often having images and links to other web sites.

Procedures and Guidelines

  1. Individual Social Media Sites (not School of Medicine – hosted or –approved Social Media Sites)
    1. Protect Patient Confidentiality: Students must not disclose any patient information of any kind, including patient images (even if a patient is not identified by name), in any circumstances. Such patient information may not be disclosed even if the patient consents to such disclosure.
    2. Protect Proprietary Information: Students must not represent that he/she is communicating the views of the Zucker School of Medicine or do anything that might reasonably create the impression that communication is being made on behalf of or acting as a representative of the Zucker School of Medicine.
    3. Be Respectful: Students shall not post any material that is obscene, defamatory, profane, libelous, threatening, harassing, discriminatory, abusive, hateful or embarrassing to another person or entity affiliated with the Zucker School of Medicine.
    4. Communication: Student communication with School of Medicine faculty and administrators, as well as administrators of affiliated hospitals, via social media sites and blogs is strongly discouraged while a student is currently enrolled in the Zucker School of Medicine.
  2. Discipline
    1. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action as outlined in the Student Disciplinary Policy and/or civil and criminal penalties.

References to Regulations and/or Other Related Policies

Statement of Professionalism
Northwell Health System Social Media Acceptable Use Policy

Last Updated: November 2014

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