General Policies & Procedures: Social Networking Policy
University of Minnesota Medical School (UMMS)
Graduate Medical Education
Policy: Social Networking
Effective Date: upon approval by the GMEC
Approved by GMEC: 5.25.10
Distribution: R/F; PD; PC; CSC; ACD Institution Policy Manual; GME website
Policy Owner: GME Administration
It is recognized that social networking websites and applications, including but not limited to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and blogging sites are an effective and timely means of communication and/or an exchange of ideas. However, trainees who use these websites and other applications must be aware of the importance of securing their web sites so that only trustworthy “friends” have access to the websites/applications.
Trainees are responsible for knowing that the posting of certain information is prohibited (i.e. protected health information, research outcomes from another faculty, resident or fellow, etc). Trainees who violate University policies may be subject to adverse academic actions that could include a letter of reprimand, probation or dismissal from the training program. All University of Minnesota residents and fellows are required to follow the policies set forth by the University of Minnesota’s University Relations Office.
Trainees and their program staff must be familiar with and follow the social networking rules and regulations of the University of Minnesota.
Programs must ensure that trainees are maintaining a professional and ethical standard when using social networking sites.
Programs may have more detailed policies which should reference the University’s policies and should be included in their program manual or fellowship addenda.