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Am J Pharm Educ. 2011 Nov 10;75(9):180. doi: 10.5688/ajpe759180.

Student pharmacist, pharmacy resident, and graduate student perceptions of social interactions with faculty members.

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College of Pharmacy, University of Iowa, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the perceptions of student pharmacists, graduate students, and pharmacy residents regarding social situations involving students or residents and faculty members at public and private universities.

METHODS:

Focus groups of student pharmacists, graduate students, and pharmacy residents were formed at 2 pharmacy schools. Given 3 scenarios, participants indicated if they thought any boundaries had been violated and why. Responses were grouped into similar categories and frequencies were determined.

RESULTS:

Compared with private university students or pharmacy residents, student pharmacists at a public university were more likely to think "friending" on Facebook violated a boundary. No participants considered reasonable consumption of alcohol in social settings a violation. "Tagging" faculty members in photos on Facebook was thought to be less problematic, but most participants stated they would be conscious of what they were posting.

CONCLUSIONS:

The social interactions between faculty members and students or residents, especially student pharmacists, should be kept professional. Students indicated that social networking may pose threats to maintaining professional boundaries.

KEYWORDS:

faculty-student relationships; professionalism; social networking

PMID:
22171108
PMCID:
PMC3230341
DOI:
10.5688/ajpe759180
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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