Medical Student Social Media Blackout?

by Mike Sevilla, MD


I was reviewing the awesome Family Medicine Revolution (#FMRevolution) twitter feed this evening when I saw the above tweet from a fourth year medical student: "I was advised a social media blackout for interview season. Yesterday, I made this feed public. I feel I've done the right thing."

Hmm. Interesting. So, I am not a residency recruiter person, but I play one on the internet. I found that this person has a blog called "Learning Medspeak" and this person is going to be applying to Family Medicine residencies from this blog post:

I will be applying to family medicine residencies that include training in family planning and a strong academic component. In the long run I'm hopeful that I will do all the things I care about: be a good full-spectrum primary care doctor for my patients and a proponent of this work via research or public health or advocacy.

Well, that's cool. On inspection of this person's twitter feed, I find the following three tweets...

Hm. Interesting. I wondering who advised this person about doing a "social media blackout for interview season." If you're hiring someone, on the admissions committee for college or medical school, or if you're on a residency recruitment committee, what would you think if you saw this information?

Here are some other questions that have come to mind: Did my curiosity draw me into a trap? Is this person really real? Is this a hoax? Would an actual medical student write all of this? Hm. Interesting....

Addendum: What I love about social media is the interaction that happens. In addition to the comments below, I'll share some of the feedback tweets like the ones below...