My PT Patient Just Friended Me
Today at clinical, I evaluated a 17-year-old kid from a local high school who is having some problems with shin splints. Considering my crash-and-burn experience during last week's eval, I was so excited for things to be looking up. I went through the exam, picked out some useful exercises, and sent him on his way with a HEP and hopes that I would get to follow up with him next week. To my surprise, I had a Facebook friend request from him 45 minutes later.
What's funniest to me is that I know I didn't tell him my last name. It wouldn't have taken a detective to glance down at my name tag and figure it out, but either way it was unexpected. I guess I'm just wondering how everyone out there deals with this sort of thing? I'm obviously not going to accept his cyber friendship, considering this exact situation was addressed ad nauseum at our introductory clinical meeting. I'm more interested in hearing what you tell a patient without sounding like a complete scrooge.
Social media can be such a useful tool, but at other times it's a bit overwhelming. I double-checked my privacy settings after this all happened - not because I feel like I have anything shameful to hide, but because I don't really want any crossover between my "work" life and personal life. Maybe that's a bit extreme, but I feel more comfortable when the two are separated, particularly as a student.