(Original story at The Providence Journal here.)
It is unprofessional to talk about your patients unless it is in an academic setting (e.g. a conference, a lesson for residents, asking a colleague what s/he might have done). So, do not do it. It benefits no one. If you must, put your head in a bucket and shout all about it in your basement. Do. Not. Talk. About. Work. On. Facebook.
Rhode Island board disciplines six doctors, 1 for Facebook post
09:14 AM EDT on Tuesday, April 19, 2011
By Thomas J. Morgan
Journal Staff Writer
PROVIDENCE — A physician who posted information on Facebook that allowed the identification of a patient, and another who has problems with alcohol and marijuana, are among six doctors who have been disciplined by the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline.
The board found Alexandra Thran, of Westerly Hospital, guilty of unprofessional conduct after she recounted some of her emergency-room experiences on Facebook, according to a news release by the state Department of Health. The board said she did not use the names of patients, and did not intend to disclose confidential information, but the nature of the injuries of one patient allowed an unauthorized third party to figure out who it was, the board ruled.
The panel said that Thran deleted her account as soon as she learned what had happened. The board issued a reprimand and told Thran to pay a $500 administrative fee.