Google "anonymity medical blogs" and you will find many takes on this. Some anonymous med-bloggers advocate the value of sharing real-life stories, but to me that comes loaded with layers of conflicts of interests. We all have the right to be anonymous, but is it always a good idea to do it just because we can?

  • Why do you want to be anonymous?
  • Who does it protect? And from what?
  • Does it promote ...

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Recently we saw a flurry of discussions about online physician professionalism, the merits of being anonymous, and teachable moments. As a newbie I'm trying to figure this out. But I need to be more mindful of the filter bubble - a self-imposed bias by preferentially linking to people and things we agree with, thus unwittingly trivializing reasonable alternatives. I've just had 3 "Uh-oh" moments:

  1. Right after the #hcsm Twitter ...

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