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Do residency PDs check your facebook?

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by NeedToStudy, May 20, 2014.

  1. NeedToStudy

    NeedToStudy 2+ Year Member

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    We all know many employers do this. Does this include residency?
     
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  3. IMPD

    IMPD Physician 5+ Year Member

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    If you still have your FB profile set to "Open", then what else would you expect?

    I personally don't do this, and I have certainly talked to PDs who do it. As well as using The Googlez.
     
  4. SouthernSurgeon

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  5. gutonc

    gutonc No Meat, No Treat Administrator Physician PhD 10+ Year Member

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    Some do, some don't. Why take the risk? Lock that s*** down.
     
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  6. NeedToStudy

    NeedToStudy 2+ Year Member

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    Would it really make a difference to lock it? I mean would they think you have something to hide?
     
  7. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Chief Administrator Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

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    I'm looking at yours right now.

    What's up with your latest status and why are you meeting your brother in law at the man-boy meeting next Tuesday?
     
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  8. SouthernSurgeon

    SouthernSurgeon Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

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    You should:

    (a) Scrub your Facebook. Make sure to get rid of anything unprofessional. Untag yourself from raunchy photos. Delete your own photo albums. Make your profile picture a professional looking one. Don't leave any political, religious, unprofessional, or controversial posts on your wall.
    (b) Max out your privacy settings.

    This way:

    (a) If someone can't find you on Facebook, they will assume you are either smart enough to use the privacy settings, or smart enough to not be on it at all. They won't assume you have something to hide.
    (b) If they can find you, they won't find anything incriminating.
     
  9. gutonc

    gutonc No Meat, No Treat Administrator Physician PhD 10+ Year Member

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    You personally will probably get more mileage out of deleting your FetLife and Grindr profiles but that's neither here nor there.

    Also, welcome to Overthinkingitville. Population: You.
     
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  10. MeatTornado

    MeatTornado On Sabbatical Physician 7+ Year Member

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    You shouldn't have anything online you wouldn't be willing to carry on a billboard over your shoulders through the street because that's essentially what you're doing when you put something on fb. There's no such thing as privacy on the internet.
     
  11. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Just "friend" them. It saves them time and you have nothing to hide. Most residents i know have at least one faculty member friended, so everything is pretty transparent. Best to keep your nude self-ies from that drunken night in the OR off social media.
     
  12. BlondeDocteur

    BlondeDocteur 10+ Year Member

    Yes. And the hospital PR people supposedly check random residents out to make sure you're not posting anything negative, or HIPAA-noncompliant, too. (That might just be scaremongering but they SWORE it was true during hospital-wide intern orientation).

    But even more than PDs, you should watch out for PATIENTS checking out your facebook. For realz this happens a LOT. They will try to friend you and then s&*( gets weird.

    Now is the time to un-like NAMBLA, nude drawings of women in the lithotomy position, Glenn Beck, etc.
     
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  13. drcrispmd

    drcrispmd Physician Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 2+ Year Member

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    A lot of residents at my program have most of the faculty as friends on Facebook. Also most of our nurses and office staff too. We are a close bunch I guess.
     

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