'If you identify yourself as a doctor in publicly accessible social media, you should also identify yourself by name.'
'Doctors should take ownership of information given in a professional capacity as it is important that we are accountable for our professional actions.'
'Too often, people hide behind usernames on internet and on social media — if you have something to say, don't be a coward.'
'Doctors should also be conscious of the widespread access to much social media, e.g. Twitter, which could mean that their social media engagement could endanger public confidence in the profession.'
'A doctor should be able to state that they are a medical professional without having to publicise their personal data. For example, when commenting on an online article it may be relevant that the comments come from a doctor but it should not require full identity disclosure. Where a comment is formal and part of a professional role, it would be more reasonable to expect identity disclosure.'
If you identify yourself as a doctor in publicly accessible social media, you should also identify yourself by name. Any material written by authors who represent themselves as doctors is likely to be taken on trust and may reasonably be taken to represent the views of the profession more widely.