Social media is an easy way to connect with friends and escape from reality for a few moments. However, as a health care professional, you know that you have to take extra caution not to let the personally sensitive nature of your career spill onto social media. If you post something that crosses the line of confidentiality, it can be hard to remove the information from the public sphere. How can health care professionals protect themselves online?
For a medical professional who wants to practice medicine in the state of Ohio, approval and licensure by the State Medical Board of Ohio is absolutely necessary. Without an appropriate license, medical practitioners cannot legally practice medicine for patients, no matter the practitioner's skill level or competence.
Complaints of sexual misconduct make up only a small fraction of complaints to Ohio's medical board, but a recent case has brought one complaint to the forefront. It's a cautionary tale for medical professionals to stay within appropriate bounds of doctor-patient relationships - or face having their professional licenses suspended.