Physician Use of Social Media
The Council of the College has approved in principle a new guideline addressing Physician Use of Social Media.
Given the broad scope of this guideline, the Council directed that the proposed guideline be widely circulated to physicians, health care organizations and the public to seek feedback.
The College recognizes that the rapid expansion of social media has created opportunities for physicians but has also created risk. In using social media, physicians must be mindful of their legal, professional and ethical obligations.
The guideline is not intended to restrict any physician’s right to freedom of speech. However, it is intended to guide physicians in the appropriate use of social media. The guideline does not establish any new expectations for physicians; rather, it is intended to provide general guidance and recommendations based on existing professional, ethical and legal obligations and their application in the social media context. These include the duty to maintain patient privacy and confidentiality; the duty to maintain appropriate patient-physician boundaries; broad-based expectations of professionalism; and the duty to respect copyright laws and other legal obligations.
The Council anticipates
that it will consider feedback from stakeholders, including members of the
profession, at its meeting in January 2021. The Council would like
to hear from you! If you have concerns
with the proposed guideline, it would be helpful if you explain the reasons for
How to Respond
In order for the College to consider feedback and correlate feedback for the Council in time for the next Council meeting, all feedback should be provided to the College no later than November 30, 2020.
Please complete the linked
survey. Alternatively, feedback can be
provided to firstname.lastname@example.org.