Friends in Psychiatry

I had the pleasure to share space during the recently concluded Masters Conjoint Exam with these two young psychiatrists, both my juniors and leading the way in advocacy.

(Dr Fadzli Mohd Isa – addiction psychiatrist, Dr Ahmad Rostam – budding liaison psychiatrist and I)

It was an interesting session we had. We were discussing the way forward for the use of social media for mental health advocacy, apart from the pitfalls which can or has happened as we work in this area using social media. This included responding to questions posed, handling emails and private if not direct messages and also the inadvertent viral tweet/statement/opinion.

Of recent concern is the over eager trainee who advocates with, at times, little knowledge and to much enthusiasm which, can, be a problem. Now we are not saying don’t do it, but be careful. If you’re a trainee you’re bound by the university code of conduct and as a medical doctor, you’re also bound by the medical code. If you’re a Ministry of Health practitioner, you need the relevant clearance too. Also, unless you’re really really good in your studies, you’re also playing with the risk of the halo effect which might be a problem for some.

Nevertheless, we are excited by the interest among our younger colleagues and we believe it augurs well for psychiatry in Malaysia.

To all exam goers – good luck. Results out on Friday 😊

(Dr Ahmad Rostam and I are also members of the #MedtweetMY family)

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