Friends Don’t Let Friends Be Their Patients

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The American College of Physicians and the Federation of State Medical Boards have issued some guidance on doctors who “friend” patients on social media.  They say don’t do it.   This is an issue for me as many of my friends became patients when I was in Maine and many of my patients also became friends.  I really don’t like being told what to do in my social life by the holier-than-thou bureaucrats but I kind of understand where they are coming from.  Sometimes a college friend may show a picture of something someone did many years ago with a horse and all of a sudden….ummm….okay, I’ve said too much.  Anyway, that is why you hardly ever see me give personal comments on my Facebook page.