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#HealthXPh Manifesto for Social Media and Medical Professionalism

One week ago today, I signed the #HealthXPh manifesto on social media and medical professionalism at the healthcare and social media summit held in Cebu.

10993394_558491604291179_1075862005109835232_nPhoto from Instagram of Dr. Tony Leachon. L-R. Dr. Remo Aguilar, Endocrine Witch, Dr. Tony Leachon, Dr. Noel Pingoy, Dr. Gia Sison, Dr. Helen Madamba, Dr. Minerva Calimag, Dr. Ted Herbosa.

Each of us from the #HealthXPh team read out loud each of the five statements of the manifesto.

1. I am a healthcare provider and I will conduct myself in a manner worthy of my profession, even online. I will not use online platforms to rant or bash patients and healthcare professionals.

2. “First do no harm.” Recognizing this and the trust that comes with my profession, I will ensure that the information I post, like or share is accurate.

3. Whatever I post online in relation to my clinical expertise should be of benefit to my countrymen. I will prioritize the promotion and advancement of health rather than of medical products. I will not practice plagiarism.

4. I will refrain from posting information online that will compromise patient confidentiality and privacy.

5. I will value the patient’s dignity and privacy by not taking selfies, groufies or videos during encounters with patients that include patient’s body parts, surgical specimens or that show patients in the background without their consent.

Someday, we will call this a declaration! First signatories of this manifesto: me, Dr. Gia Sison, Dr. Remo Aguilar, Dr. Narciso Tapia, Dr. Tony Leachon (Philippine College of Physicians), Dr. Minerva Calimag (Philippine Medical Association), Dr. Noel Pingoy, Dr. Ted Herbosa and Mr. Pat Rich (Canadian Medical Association).

If this manifesto resonates with you, please sign the manifesto at We’re gathering signatures!


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