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.