Survey of Individual and Institutional Risk Associated With the Use of Social Media

Manish Garg, MD; David A. Pearson, MD, MS; Michael C. Bond, MD; Michael Runyon, MD; M. Tyson Pillow, MD, Med; Laura Hopson, MD; Robert R. Cooney, MD; Jay Khadpe, MD; Jason T. Nomura, MD; Pholaphat C. Inboriboon, MD, MPH


Western J Emerg Med. 2016;17(3):344-349. 

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CORD is a national organization of faculty and program leaders for EM residencies accredited by the ACGME and the American Osteopathic Association. The CORD Social Media Committee developed an 18-question electronic survey tool (SurveyMonkey™, Palo Alto, CA), which was distributed in May 2013; reminders were sent two and four weeks later. The protocol and survey tool were approved by the institutional review board.

The electronic survey was distributed to the committee members' home institutions, which created a diverse geographic sample of 432 residents. Additional residents were contacted, using the CORD listserv as a distribution method. The listserv consists of all CORD member program leaders, staff, and key faculty; these individuals were asked to distribute the electronic survey link to their programs' residents. Faculty respondents consisted of the program directors (PDs), associate/assistant program directors, and core faculty members who were members of CORD and received the survey via the CORD listserv.

The survey tool is presented in Appendix A. Key measurements included the use of SM by residents, their knowledge of institutional policies regarding SM, and a comparison of SM use by residents and faculty members. Responses were voluntary and the study period was from May to June 2013. "Inappropriate" posts were left to the individual survey respondent to define, as a universal definition to cover everything is extremely difficult. We calculated descriptive statistics using the chi-squared test or Fisher's exact test. StatsDirect software (v2.8.0, StatsDirect, Cheshire, UK) was used for all analyses.