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University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Summary: University of California, San Diego
Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Guidelines and Best Practices for Online Social Media Use by Student Pharmacists
Online blogs, public mailing lists and social network sites such as Facebook, Twitter and
MySpace (hereafter collectively referred to as social media) are increasingly popular tools for
communication and social interaction. These venues offer excellent opportunities for people to
interact and are increasingly being used to potentially augment personal and, recently,
professional interactions. The latter has become known as e-Professionalism. As health care
professionals, student pharmacists have a special responsibility to be aware of the perceptions
and use of such social media. While these sites have enormous potential to enhance
communication, they are also a potential forum for lapses in professional and ethical conduct.
While e-Professionalism is evolving fast and is constantly changing, the following trends are
emerging. Increasingly, professionals are using social media as part of hiring criteria and to
evaluate other professionals. While facilities exist within social media to provide information
only to those you wish to see it, unintentional access happens frequently. At all times, intentional
or otherwise, student pharmacists must be aware that the violation of legal statutes (e.g., HIPAA,
etc.), and University and School policies and procedures (e.g., Professionalism Policies, Sexual
Harassment Policies, etc.) in their online activities may result in disciplinary actions ranging
from a letter of reprimand up to and including probation or dismissal from the School. The


Source: Abagyan, Ruben - School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of California at San Diego


Collections: Biology and Medicine