The General Medical Council takes on social media
It is great to see often seen as an inward facing and conservative organisation approaching social media openly especially as they have been brave enough to give a relative newbie the chance to educate his peers. It is also good to see the leaders of tomorrow at the GMC are engaged with social media, its positives, negatives and potential.
On an aside this serves as another example that social media and digital communications offers a great way for young people to get noticed and present themselves as ones to watch for the future.
I’m also glad to see that medical and non-medical education is mentioned and seen to be key to the wider NHS picking up social media more widely and with less apprehension.
However, all that said the tone of some of the article is a shame:
“Inappropriate use of social media can raise questions about your suitability to become a doctor, which could result in your medical school launching a fitness to practise investigation into your conduct. Your medical school is not allowed to let you graduate if you are not fit to practise. This is a last resort and would only happen in the most serious of cases.”
While a very important part of considering social media’s role in healthcare why did the article need to concentrate so much on this aspect? Why not accentuate the positives from Craig’s experiences. I smell an older colleagues hand in the editor chair here.
Overall a great step in the right direction. Perhaps the next article could be from an older doctor who uses social media and direct people to where they can learn about the positives of social media in healthcare.
Here’s a report by Deloitte from July 2010. It’s worth a look.
One thing which stands out for me is the driver behind the adopters of social media – many of them pick up social media to engage with a wider community to garner better ideas and promote idea sharing. So there are some good examples in there which I think could be useful to share with colleagues and promote the use of social media.
Finally, ‘Why do some people never get depressed?’
This is an interesting article on the BBC website on depression and resilience to it. It’s a good piece of science communication I think, talking about the people and their lives before the science words flow.
I find mental health and specifically the treatments for common conditions interesting and it’s good to see the R&D side get some coverage. With the recession and winter biting at our heels it is nice to know researchers in Manchester are looking at how we can do better when depression comes a-calling.
If you’re looking for somewhere you can learn a little more about the things you can do on a daily basis to help prevent depression have a look at Moodscope – a good mood trend analysis tool and source of hints and tips.