Medical students' social media mischief

A THIRD of medical students ignore professional social media guidelines and post evidence of drinking, drug-taking and occasional racist comments, a new report shows.

With social media use by medical students “nearly universal”, the study, published in the MJA, compiled responses from 880 of Australia’s 17,000 enrolled medical students over six months in 2013.

It found 34.7% of respondents reported posting “unprofessional content” online, defined as “depiction of illegal activity, overt intoxication or illicit drug use,