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Comment & Response
December 18, 2013

Online Identities of Physicians

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Dermatology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 3Department of Medicine, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2013;310(23):2566-2567. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.282144

To The Editor Dr DeCamp and colleagues1 recently wrote about the online identities of physicians, stating that it is “operationally impossible” and “potentially harmful” to separate personal and professional identities. Rather than identity separation, they proposed physicians decide whether content is appropriate for a physician to be posting, regardless of the forum. We believe this latter point to be necessary, but not sufficient, for physicians to manage their online identity.