Social media for medical professionals


This e-learning course will focus on the guiding principles around social media in the GMC's 'Good medical practice' (2024) and how they apply to situations for doctors in real life. We'll use fictional scenarios to help you consider how to avoid common pitfalls. We cover:

  • communication with patients and colleagues
  • promoting yourself
  • representing the profession
  • relevant legal and ethical obligations.

Course aim

This course is aimed at doctors who want to safely make use of social media in their private or professional lives, while being mindful of the ethical standards that apply.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course you should:

  • be able to identify and evaluate patient confidentiality hazards associated with social media and know how to avoid them
  • understand how to maintain 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.

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  • Mr Elshaikh
  • 12 October 2022 2:56PM


  • Dr Hanci
  • 5 November 2020 9:29PM

Very helpful! I enjoyed it very much.

  • Dr Ambadipudi
  • 15 June 2020 2:18PM

Very useful for the current times.

  • 10 November 2019 4:54PM

good one

  • 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.