There is quite the discussion going on out there on the blogosphere, often heated at times, about “professional” conduct of doctors on the internet. The original post is from 33 charts, but has spilled over onto other blogs such as Scepticemia and Movin’ Meat. All the hullabaloo is based on this series of tweets.

 

I’ve already outlined how I feel about the discussion of patients on the internet (here) and the standards that I am going to try and hold myself to, so I will just summarize it by saying this: “If you wouldn’t say it in crowded hospital elevator, don’t say it on the internet”. More so than anything, I’m glad to see people are talking about it, and in an impassioned sort of way. For me personally, the discussion made think about what I have been writing about since I posted my own thoughts on the matter back in January. Have I done what I set out to do? Granted I haven’t had many patient experiences since then to serve as potential sources of blog fodder. But, what about my pelvic exam posts? Did they cross any sort of line. I wasn’t talking about specific patients, rather about how I felt during the whole experience, the thoughts going through my head.  When I re-read them last night, I made a few small changes to make them sound a little less crass perhaps. And I’m not necessarily looking for an answer to these questions either, rather, what’s more important is to keep these questions in mind when writing. To at least be cognizant of the issue. If we can all do that, that would be a pretty good start.

About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on May 25, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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