Social media for medical professionals

2 CPD credits


Members only

Many medical professionals are active on social media. When used properly, social media can be an excellent way to interact with colleagues. Unfortunately mistakes can happen (inappropriate comments or photos) and these could damage your reputation. 

This e-learning includes fictional scenarios that are based on common queries and concerns we receive from members. It can help you to use social media in a way that will limit its damaging pitfalls and covers:

  • communication with patients and colleagues
  • marketing yourself using social media, and
  • relevant legal and ethical obligations. 

'Social media for medical professionals' has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom for 2 category 1 (external) CPD credit(s). 

Course aim

This course can help medical professionals and medical students maximise the benefits of using social media and appreciate its pitfalls whilst continuing to meet ethical and legal obligations.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course you should: 

  • be able to identify and evaluate patient confidentiality hazards associated with online media and know how to avoid them
  • understand how to uphold professional boundaries with patients
  • understand the GMC guidance that applies when using social media, including how to promote your practice effectively and ethically
  • know when and how to respond to online criticism.


Shabbir Choudhury

Dr Shabbir Choudhury

Senior medical claims handler


Shabbir graduated from St George's University of London in 2002, qualifying as a GP in 2007. In 2010, he completed his MA in Medical Ethics and Law at King's College London. Shabbir continued to practice as a GP, and teach primary care ethics, until he joined the MDU in 2014. His main interest is the law and ethics of good Samaritanism.


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  • Miss Ianakieva
  • 18 March 2020 11:50AM

I never received my certificate for the online social media course.
Any insight / advice?

  • Dr Ranjan
  • 29 February 2020 11:29PM

I did not get the certificate despite finishing this online course module for social media for medical professionals. Please help me out as I am due for appraisal next week.

  • Anonymous
  • 18 February 2020 12:29PM

Like in the previous comment, I have also completed the module, but was not issued a certificate to prove my earned CPD points. My e-mail to the course coordinator was not replied. Any advice?

  • 10 November 2019 4:54PM

good one

  • Dr Patel
  • 14 August 2019 7:40PM

I completed the module but it won't allow me to get a CPD certificate. Can you tell me how to get this?
Pradip Patel

  • Anonymous
  • 31 July 2019 4:06PM

Helpful. Many Doctors are falling prey to the pitfalls of social media.

  • Anonymous
  • 31 July 2019 4:05PM

I found the Social Media Course very useful, especially with cases to work through. We need to ensure our knowledge is kept up-to-date in our expanding use of digital services environment and be aware of the GMC guidance and other information available such as "The CAP Code". We are very keen to ensure we are following best guidance whilst we expand our use of new areas of technology and follow best guidance when using social media.