New ethics case study addresses medical professionalism on social media

A case study explores the ethical issues that arise when an internal medicine resident posts a picture of a patient's rash, history, and test results on Facebook under the caption, “What's the diagnosis?” The post doesn't contain any of the patient's personal information such as name or age.


“Maintaining Medical Professionalism Online: Posting of Patient Information” is a new ACP ethics case study available online for CME credit.

The case study explores the ethical issues that arise when an internal medicine resident posts a picture of a patient's rash, history, and test results on Facebook under the caption, “What's the diagnosis?” The post doesn't contain any of the patient's personal information such as name or age, so was posting this information in this venue appropriate?

This case study is available on Medscape, and a login is required. To view a list of ACP ethics case studies, go online.