The hashtag #MedBikini quickly trended on social media in the summer of 2020 after the Journal of Vascular Surgery posted in its August edition the article titled “Prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young vascular surgeons.” It evaluated the accounts of 480 young vascular surgeons to see if their social media posts could be labeled as blatantly unprofessional or potentially unprofessional to a future patient searching for a doctor.
The article specifically mentioned photos that included “provocative posing in bikinis/swimwear” and “holding/consuming alcohol.” Many medical professionals argued that the contents targeted women and highlighted the sexism problem in the medical field. In a show of solidarity and protest, medical professionals across the world posted pictures of themselves in swimwear. Due to the backlash, the journal issued apologies and retracted the article.
Without question, this topic was discussed in many doctor’s lounges across the globe, including this one. Grab a cup of coffee and join us as we explore thoughts, opinions and concerns about this hot topic!