The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 1,834 out of 2,211 passed the Physician (Complete and Finals with Prelims) Licensure Examination given by the Board of Medicine in the cities of Manila, Cebu and Davao this August 2013. In addition, a small but active group of tech savvy senior professionals use Facebook to upload videos of endoscopy cases and discuss them with small groups of colleagues. More than 10,000 individuals took action through Facebook to show opposition to recent changes in the provision of hospital accommodation for young doctors in the United Kingdom, while others weighed in to the debate about medical education.
There are no prizes for guessing that the default situation is to share information with users and advertisers alike.
Aside from the risk of identity theft (two in five Facebook profiles reveal information that can be used to set up bank accounts and so on), it is the professional implications that are of greatest concern to the medical community.
Some include: The majority of current expert opinion advises caution in the use of social media, emphasizing that the risks of interacting with patients in online social forums may outweigh potential benefits.
In fact, some contend that absolute separation of personal and professional life is virtually impossible and recommend only a professional presence online.
The results were released in three (3) working days from the last day of examination.
One of the problems arising is how we choose to define a friend online.
Junior doctors are making time for the technology too, with most UK schools boasting groups with a few hundred members.
In a remarkably diligent act of altruism, a group of medical students (“podmedics”) have even taken to recording and sharing their notes as audio files for others to download and enjoy on the road.
Michael Anderson, one of the growing ranks of junior doctors in the United Kingdom keeping a blog, was recently added by a patient, and though he was touched by the sentiment, he decided that his privacy would be compromised if he accepted.