2021 Volume 52 Issue 5 Pages 427-431
Social media (including social networking service) is now a presence in medical professionalism that cannot be ignored, and this new area is called “online professionalism” or “e-professionalism” . Professional organizations in various countries, such as the American College of Physicians, have issued statements on online professionalism, but the debate has not progressed much in Japan. Regarding the use of social media by physicians, challenges include professional use of social media, management of one’s identity and professional image as a physician, and appropriate electronic communication with patients. Appropriate use of social media can promote knowledge sharing and collaborative learning among medical professionals and contribute to the formation of collective intelligence.