Social media used to vet future doctors

A survey of 600 staff involved in admissions procedures for US medical schools and residency programs found while just 9% of respondents admitted to using information gained from social networking sites to evaluate applicants, 19% said they used some type of online background search.

The University of Miami study, published online by Postgraduate Medical Journal, found 53% of respondents thought online professionalism should be a factor in the selection process and that ‘unprofessional behaviour’ viewable online should compromise an applicant’s

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