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This is an excerpt from a complete, downloadable policy found here.
If medical schools are going to encourage students to engage social media, students should do so gradually and at a pace that poses minimal risk to themselves, the patients they serve, and their home institution. The Levels of Engagement are designed to offer a stepwise introduction that starts from the most removed, and therefore safest, level of engagement, and progresses toward increasing involvement.
Since most, but not all, medical students enter training with some social media experience (Facebook and reading/writing blog entries), several of these levels may seem unnecessary. However, as noted above, incoming students are not yet familiar with the differences between casual social media use and that of a physician in training. Therefore, an effective system offers recommendations accessible to members at any stage of social media facility.