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The longer I am online and the more I become immersed in being online the more complex this existence seems.
I want to talk about some principles for "Digital Professionalism" which have been put forward by Rachel Ellaway in the journal Medical Teacher last year. The journal is paywalled so I am going to give the principles here.
The 7 principles are:
Principle #1: establish and sustain an on online professional presence that befits your responsibilities while representing your interests. Be selective in which channels and places you establish a profile.
Principle #2: use privacy controls to manage more personal aspects of your online profile and do not make anything public that you would not be comfortable defending as professionally appropriate in a court of law.
Principle #3: think carefully and critically about how what you say or do will be perceived by others and act with appropriate restraint in online communications.
Principle #4: think carefully and critically about how what you say or do reflects on others, both individuals and organizations, and act accordingly.
Principle #5: think carefully and critically about how what you say or do will be perceived in years to come; consider every action online as permanent.
Principle #6: be aware of the potential for attack or impersonation, and know how to protect your online reputation and what steps to take when it is under attack.
Principle #7: an online community is still a community and you are still a professional within it. The call for ‘is there a doctor. . .’ may come online as well as on a ‘plane or in a theatre’.To me these are good starting points, but as someone active in the space, I can see that these principles only take me so far. I'll write more in my next post but I wonder what you think of them now. Please comment.