Social Media and Irregular Behavior

Posted August 5th, 2020 by .

Categories: ECFMG, USMLE.

Despite social media’s benefit to individuals seeking mentors, study partners, or even just emotional support, social media is one of the primary platforms from which allegations of irregular behavior arise.  In 2017, an individual made the following post to a USMLE group page on Facebook:

Can anyone give me houston cases ?? 60 cases that usually comes ??

Among the first posts in the comment section was from another individual who wrote:

Post your email here”.

More than 100 individuals posted their email addresses to the comment section.  EACH AND EVERY individual who posted their email address was brought up on allegations of irregular behavior by the USMLE Program for soliciting examination content online – the very first example of irregular behavior per USMLE’s website.  https://www.usmle.org/bulletin/irregular-behavior/#examples

To the extent you find yourself in need of counsel relating to the propriety or impropriety of any social media post you may have made, contact our firm for assistance.

For more than 10 years, Dennis L. Abramson has dedicated a significant portion of his practice to counseling and representing medical students, IMGs, residents, fellows, and practicing physicians in compliance and disciplinary matters related to ECFMG, USMLE, NBME, and NRMP, including responding to and defending allegations of irregular behavior and violations of the Match® agreement. Should you need advice or counsel with a related issue, please contact Mr. Abramson at 610-664-5700 or dabramson@theabramsonfirm.com.

Mr. Abramson regularly updates this page with the latest developments related to ECFMG, USMLE, NRMP, ABIM, irregular behavior, and physician licensing and credentialing issues, so check back soon.

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