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Social Media User Policy

Approved by Council May 2011
The American Society for Surgery of the Hand enthusiastically supports and explores the use of social media tools and emerging technologies, and we encourage ASSH members and staff to do the same. Those who do should adhere to the following guidelines.
Why We Participate
Our interest in participating in social media is to meet our members (and future members) wherever they are, and to develop and enhance relationships with members and other stakeholders involved in the field of upper extremity care. Social media use is increasingly important given the rapid evolution of these tools, so we strive to stay current on emerging technologies to remain relevant to our respective audiences.
While the decision whether to participate is your own, ASSH members and staff are encouraged to explore all forms of social media and find the one(s) that best fit their needs. This expands our  ability to learn and share our own knowledge with others.
Guidelines to Follow
Here are a few generally accepted guidelines to consider when using social media:
  • First and foremost, remember you are representing ASSH and the field of upper extremity surgery. Your conduct should be consistent with our mission, vision and values.
  • ASSH members should continue to follow the ASSH Code of Ethics and Professionalism for Hand Care Professionals.
  • You are personally responsible for the content you post. Remember that what you post can often be viewed by both personal and professional contacts, so post responsibly, and protect your privacy.
  • If you publish content related to ASSH on any non-ASSH site, identify yourself and use a disclaimer such as, "The views in this post are my own and not necessarily those of ASSH."
  • Do not publish any confidential or proprietary information on a social site.
  • Do not discuss other ASSH members, patients or industry partners without their approval.
  • Link back to the original source whenever possible.
  • Be yourself. Do not post anonymously or use pseudonyms.
  • Be aware of and respect copyright, fair use and financial disclosure laws.
  • Contribute to the knowledge pool. Whenever possible, post content that adds value to your social friends and followers.
  • Use your best judgment. If you aren't sure whether what you are about to post is appropriate, review it carefully and question what you've written with an objective mind. If you are still unsure, ask an ASSH staff member for his or her opinion. Remember, though, that you are solely responsible for what you post in any social media format.
  • Own up to your mistakes. If you have made an error, say so -- but do not alter the original text of the incorrect post. Instead, add an update in which you explain and correct the error.
  • Remember who you work for. Don't let social media activities interfere with your duties and your commitment to members, patients or colleagues.
ASSH encourages comments and discussion on our various pages and message boards. We do  not pre-moderate any comments and welcome all kinds of thoughts - supportive, dissenting,  critical or otherwise. We do not delete or censor comments unless they have content that:

  • Is abusive.
  • Is disruptive or off-topic.
  • Contains ad-hominem attacks.
  • Promotes hate of any kind.
  • Uses excessively foul language.
  • Is blatantly spam.
  • Is reported as abuse.

Please remember that when you post a comment, it is published for all to see. The views  and opinions expressed in the comments are strictly those of the author(s) and in no way  represent those of ASSH. We assume no liability for the information therein and extend no  implied or expressed warranty or guarantee of accuracy.

We can't respond to every comment, particularly those that deal with individual medical cases and issues.

Explore and have fun. Experiment with tools, both in and out of the ASSH domain, and think about how they might be used to benefit ASSH and its members. Share resources, insights, opinions and advice with your followers and ask the same of them.
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