Tomorrow’s Doctors, Today’s Influencers

A new guard of savvy med students are making their mark on social media before officially becoming MDs. The trend poses an ethical conundrum for future doctors, writes Vishal Khetpal, a freelance writer and med student.

Some influencers use their sway to promote “objectively good, medically sound causes”—like registering as an organ donor. Other sponsored posts highlight brands like Lululemon; a future dermatologist featured skincare products.

But while the phenomenon hasn’t yet reached the level of “Dr. Oz universe of snake oil,” it’s a slippery slope with high stakes for health—and for the reputation of future doctors, Kheptal writes.

Slate (Opinion)

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