GME Policy: Social Networking
All University of Minnesota residents and fellows are required to follow the University of Minnesota Social Networking Guidelines.
Posting certain information is prohibited (i.e. protected health information, research outcomes from another faculty, resident or fellow, etc). Trainees who violate University policies may be subject to adverse academic actions that could include a letter of reprimand, probation or dismissal from the training program.
Reason for Policy
It is recognized that social networking websites and applications, including but not limited to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and blogging sites are an effective and timely means of communication and/or an exchange of ideas. However, trainees who use these websites and other applications must be aware of the importance of securing their information.
Programs may have more detailed policies which should reference the University’s policies and should be included in their program manual or fellowship addenda.
Patient images should be only obtained with written consent, and then only on institutional hardware, and never on residents’ personal equipment. Electronic transmission of such images must be and/or transmitted only on institutional hardware, and never on residents’ personal equipment.