Residents and young physicians in particular, for whom using social media is often second nature, may not have thought through the implications of sending every thought and photo into cyberspace. "The idea of privacy as we know it is changing," says John Luo, M.D., past president of the American Association for Technology in Psychiatry. And for psychiatrists, that makes caution the watchword when using social media. "Anything posted can go viral," he warned.
Read more about the pitfalls physicians face in using social media and how they can be avoided in the new issue of Psychiatric News at http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/17/6.full.