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Hi guys,

I hope you all are staying safe & doing well. I wanted to get your opinion regarding social media when applying to med school. I don’t have anything bad on my social media that I can think of, but i have had my facebook since middle school (yikes lol). So I was wondering, would you guys suggest deleting social media before applying? Or changing my name, etc? I’m not sure how I’d “clean up” accounts that I’ve had for years.

I also dont know if cleaning up/deleting your social media is even a thing before applying, i just happened to be talking to someone who mentioned it and wanted to get your opinions!

thanks :)
 
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Some people I know use first and middle name, or a shortened version of their last name so that web crawlers are less likely to find them when they are "googled". Set your posts to Private and don't let anyone tag you in a picture without your approval. These are also settings on Facebook. Not sure about Insta' and twitter.

The ultra cautious will tell you to delete but where is the fun in that. Now more than ever, we need to stay in touch with the people we can't see in person and I find that social media is making that possible. (Seems my feed is full of engagements and new babies, what about you?)
 
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I went through my Facebook and hid a ton of post and pictures from the era when I uSeD tO tYpE lIkE tHiS xD in middle school. It took a while, but needed to be done. Plus I made everything private (twitter, Instagram, etc.).
 
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Hi guys,

I hope you all are staying safe & doing well. I wanted to get your opinion regarding social media when applying to med school. I don’t have anything bad on my social media that I can think of, but i have had my facebook since middle school (yikes lol). So I was wondering, would you guys suggest deleting social media before applying? Or changing my name, etc? I’m not sure how I’d “clean up” accounts that I’ve had for years.

I also dont know if cleaning up/deleting your social media is even a thing before applying, i just happened to be talking to someone who mentioned it and wanted to get your opinions!

thanks :)
i was thinking about it too, but decided not to. The only thing someone would see on my facebook is pictures of cute animals, and "feel good" memes. Ask yourself, - if a potential pt saw this, would they still want you to be their doctor?
 
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1. I think the majority of Adcoms don't have the time/energy to go out of their way to social media search every applicant, even those who they recommend for interview/admissions. They only spend 10 minutes reading your application. Why would they care about your social media?
2. If they do, you can use that to your advantage by posting constructive material that helps them get to know you as a well-rounded person
3. It's just good practice to display professionalism at all times. Nothing you post online is truly anonymous. Doesn't mean you have to be a professional social media guru, but definitely be civil and mature, whether you upload professional or personal content
 
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If you’ve been posting vile racist/sexist/bigoted stuff, yes you should delete.
(On the other hand, if you’re that hateful, you don’t belong in medical school anyway).
Adcoms aren’t going to go through your social media feeds, so there’s no need to stress about the usual foolishness. You’d only be in trouble if someone alerted them to a particular offensive/threatening/criminal post.
 
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Is there anything on your social media that will belp you? There have been cases of social media derailing careers. Has social media derailed any med school applications? I dont know.
 

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Is there anything on your social media that will belp you? There have been cases of social media derailing careers. Has social media derailed any med school applications? I dont know.

"Remember, remember the rescindment of November". IIRC, it was bigoted posts on Facebook made by an SDN poster that were forwarded by someone to an ADCOM (the poster had mentioned their acceptance). I'll see if I can find the thread.

ETA: Acceptance Offer RESCINDED Due to Comments Made on SDN
 
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As I recall the story of the recinded offer from a DO school, the admitted applicant made some inappropriate remarks in a Facebook group associated with that school. There was no stalking of SDN necessary, the admitted student was quite easilly identified after he posted on that school-specific Facebook page.
 
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Even if you delete posts, cached ones may show up if someone searches.
 
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A certain prolific SDN poster got their only acceptance rescinded at the end of the most recent (2019-2020) admissions cycle due to inappropriate posts on here and on premeddit (in addition to inappropriate actions taken outside of social media, but the official reason cited was actually due to extremely unprofessional behavior on SDN!).

You don't need to delete your Facebook account or whatever and I don't think anything you said in middle school will come back to haunt you unless it was absolutely egregious. It is, however, in everyone's best interest and good practice to maintain professionalism going forward.
 
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Hi guys,

I hope you all are staying safe & doing well. I wanted to get your opinion regarding social media when applying to med school. I don’t have anything bad on my social media that I can think of, but i have had my facebook since middle school (yikes lol). So I was wondering, would you guys suggest deleting social media before applying? Or changing my name, etc? I’m not sure how I’d “clean up” accounts that I’ve had for years.

I also dont know if cleaning up/deleting your social media is even a thing before applying, i just happened to be talking to someone who mentioned it and wanted to get your opinions!

thanks :)

You should delete your social media regardless.
 
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A certain prolific SDN poster got their only acceptance rescinded at the end of the most recent (2019-2020) admissions cycle due to inappropriate posts on here and on premeddit (in addition to inappropriate actions taken outside of social media, but the official reason cited was actually due to extremely unprofessional behavior on SDN!).

You don't need to delete your Facebook account or whatever and I don't think anything you said in middle school will come back to haunt you unless it was absolutely egregious. It is, however, in everyone's best interest and good practice to maintain professionalism going forward.

How exactly was their identity figured out from anonymous message boards? Did they dox themselves for no reason?
 
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How exactly was their identity figured out from anonymous message boards? Did they dox themselves for no reason?
You'd be surprised how many people leave identifying info in their SDN posts.

Not too long ago I received a frantic PM from a med student who had been complaining about their school, and the administration was able to pinpoint who they were.

Luckily, it was more of a "if you don't like it here, you can leave, so why don't you remove all those posts you made about us?" type of conversation they had with the student, but the implicit threat was there all the same.

I was curious about this and went back through the student's post history and sure enough, their schools was ID's and the student's stats were in the history as well. I advised said student to scrub all thier posts and leave SDN, and get a new handle.

Not mentioned above, if there's a pic of you taking a hit from a bong, or downing a bottle of scotch when you were 17, go delete them.
 
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You don't have to delete... make everything private and deactivate your accounts.
 
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A certain prolific SDN poster got their only acceptance rescinded at the end of the most recent (2019-2020) admissions cycle due to inappropriate posts on here and on premeddit (in addition to inappropriate actions taken outside of social media, but the official reason cited was actually due to extremely unprofessional behavior on SDN!).

You don't need to delete your Facebook account or whatever and I don't think anything you said in middle school will come back to haunt you unless it was absolutely egregious. It is, however, in everyone's best interest and good practice to maintain professionalism going forward.

Who? What was the post? Nothing on SDN seems that serious. I must have missed something.
 
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I think the real question is becoming, should we delete SDN and create a new account during app season?
 
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You should clean all your social media and make sure you have no postings with group pictures of all of you half naked drawing male genitalia on a passed out classmate or the frat party where you all chipped in for the stripper. Get rid of any pics showing weed, pot, piles of dirty laundry, unmade beds or bad interior design choices. Remove any postings with opinions on political and social issues, favorite sports teams, movies you detested, or what you prefer on pizza. Remove any poorly written and grammatically incorrect posts. You will have to take a chance on the Oxford comma. In fact, I would delete all your IDs including FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp. KIK. Yahoo, Youtube, MySpace, AOL, and Compuserve. Wipe your phone clean, smash it with a hammer, then drop it into a bag with some weights and throw into a lake or river. Better yet, make it salt water where it will corrode faster, thus insuring nothing can be retrieved. Get a dozen burner phones and only use them once, of course in code, then discard. Delete all your email accounts and consider communicating only by dead drop with one time pads. Stay only at cheap hotels for a single night and pay only with cash. And never trust the one eyed man in the red beret and green scarf who will have a checkered handkerchief square always in his left breast pocket. By ocean freighter make you way to the Cafe American in Casablanca. There at 8pm each evening, a short French man with a thin mustache will be at the very far right of the bar wearing a ring with the Lorraine Cross of DeGaulle will be found. You say to him “I hear the MCAT question 23 was misworded this cycle” and he will respond “Oh, you mean the Redux Reaction?” He will give you further instructions.
 
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Assume all social media may be searched and seen as part of the admissions process or in prematriculation due diligence by medical schools. With software and online services this is easy to do. This is a much larger issue for medical residents in applicant selection with many medical specialty academies, GME (residency) programs, medical school associations, and medical professional societies, hospital/health systems have guidelines in place and, in some cases, strict agreements on social media use while in a program. With the ability of patients and families to look up treating physicians and residents, and large corporate health systems loathed to have any negative publicity that might tarnish their reputation and brand, this is not a trivial matter. A sampling of articles on the topic below

AMCAS/AAMC How Social Media Can Affect Your Application
How medical doctors and students should use Social Media: a review of the main guidelines for proposing practical recommendations
Influence of social networking websites on medical school and residency selection process
Social Media Guidelines for Medical Students and Physicians
Who's misbehaving? Perceptions of unprofessional social media use by medical students and faculty
Use of social media by residency program directors for resident selection
Social Media among Medical Students and Personnel Here to Stay
Unprofessional behaviour on social media by medical students
Professional guidelines for social media use: a starting point
Techno stress among medical freshmen: An exploratory study
 
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You should clean all your social media and make sure you have no postings with group pictures of all of you half naked drawing male genitalia on a passed out classmate or the frat party where you all chipped in for the stripper. Get rid of any pics showing weed, pot, piles of dirty laundry, unmade beds or bad interior design choices. Remove any postings with opinions on political and social issues, favorite sports teams, movies you detested, or what you prefer on pizza. Remove any poorly written and grammatically incorrect posts. You will have to take a chance on the Oxford comma. In fact, I would delete all your IDs including FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter, WhatsApp. KIK. Yahoo, Youtube, MySpace, AOL, and Compuserve. Wipe your phone clean, smash it with a hammer, then drop it into a bag with some weights and throw into a lake or river. Better yet, make it salt water where it will corrode faster, thus insuring nothing can be retrieved. Get a dozen burner phones and only use them once, of course in code, then discard. Delete all your email accounts and consider communicating only by dead drop with one time pads. Stay only at cheap hotels for a single night and pay only with cash. And never trust the one eyed man in the red beret and green scarf who will have a checkered handkerchief square always in his left breast pocket. By ocean freighter make you way to the Cafe American in Casablanca. There at 8pm each evening, a short French man with a thin mustache will be at the very far right of the bar wearing a ring with the Lorraine Cross of DeGaulle will be found. You say to him “I hear the MCAT question 23 was misworded this cycle” and he will respond “Oh, you mean the Redux Reaction?” He will give you further instructions.

Haha, not gonna lie, you had me in the first half!
 

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My fake twitter is public but unconnected to me. Real accounts are all on private and without tagging abilities. But I never allowed them to be public anyways.
 

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A certain prolific SDN poster got their only acceptance rescinded at the end of the most recent (2019-2020) admissions cycle due to inappropriate posts on here and on premeddit (in addition to inappropriate actions taken outside of social media, but the official reason cited was actually due to extremely unprofessional behavior on SDN!).

Wait really? Was it that dr. patrick dude?
 
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I can't speak to med school but as we have new employee applicants we check social media and probably a full 1/3 get decline employment simply due to social media pictures of using drugs, passed out somewhere, and untold other inappropriate comments or pictures. We just don't want a problem employee and if someone is not sharp enough to clean that up when they are told "we are going to review all relevant material in a background check" then it probably is not a good fit.
 
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