Doctors Post Swimsuit Shots To Protest Study That Calls Them Unprofessional
By Thanussha Priyah, 28 Jul 2020
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Medical professionals are sharing photos of themselves in swimsuits to protest against a study suggesting the prevalence of “unprofessional” content on social media.
The study, titled Prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young vascular surgeons, was published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery last year. However, it received some attention this week, spurring a new hashtag trend, called ‘#MedBikini’, on Twitter.
One of the statements that described unprofessionalism was “inappropriate attire included pictures in underwear, provocative Halloween costumes, and provocative posing in bikinis/swimwear.”
Another statement tied unprofessionalism with “holding/ consuming alcohol, inappropriate attire, censored profanity, controversial political or religious comments, and controversial social topics” on social media platforms.
It also claimed that “unprofessional social media content not only reflects poorly on the individual but also the medical profession as a whole.”
Many medical professionals started sharing photos of themselves in swimsuits to rally against the statements in the study. These professionals felt that the research shamed female physicians who posted personal pictures on their social media accounts.
“Now I know some of you may be thinking ‘wow she owns a swimsuit, how unprofessional,’” MD Natalie Wall wrote on Twitter with the hashtag #MedBikini to a picture of herself in a swimsuit. “But all I’m thinking is ‘wow look at my sternocleidomastoids’,” Wall added.
Apparently it’s unprofessional for doctors to post social media pics wearing bikinis & drinking alcohol, so here’s me doing both. #MedBikini— Dr. Victoria Dooley (@DrDooleyMD) July 24, 2020
Also deemed unprofessional, profanity & political talk but these dudes can fuck off b/c health care should be free at the point of care. https://t.co/Lk99jCRdrD
This is the most badass #MedBikini post I’ve read and I’m sorry if Dr. Candice Myhre is on twitter and shared this. But I think we all need to see and read it. Wearing a bikini did not take away from her duties as a doctor. It didn’t hurt her pt. It actually saved their life. pic.twitter.com/rze0afLksT— Madeeha_Syed (@Madeeha_Syed) July 26, 2020
[via Fast Company, cover image via Shutterstock]
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