Participation Guidelines

Thank you for participating with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in social networking communities.

We ask that you treat others with respect on pages that we host, even if disagreements occur.

VUMC reserves the right to delete postings, or block users, that it deems to be slanderous, unlawful, obscene, hateful, soliciting, threatening, abusive, harassing or an infringement of another's rights, including but not limited to intellectual property, privacy or publicity rights. VUMC also may remove from discussion threads any comments that are off topic, repetitive, spam or sharing/linking to unsubstantiated information.

Remember that these are public forums and whatever information you share will be viewed by others and may be archived by various third parties. What you post leaves your control forever. Consider this carefully before posting detailed personal information. Vanderbilt has no control over the policies and practices of others.

The information provided by VUMC on these platforms is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended as an endorsement or a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

If you are an employee of VUMC, all laws and VUMC policies apply to your online activity. These include but are not limited to VUMCs social media policy as well as HIPAA, compliance, conflict of interest, security and safety. Expectations for CREDO behavior apply. You are responsible for reading and following these policies. Consult your manager if you have questions about your social media activity.

By participating with VUMC in social networking communities, you agree to indemnify VUMC against any damages, losses, liabilities, judgments, costs or expenses arising out of a claim by a third party relating to any posts, comments, likes, shares or other social media activity you have undertaken.

Note for approved VUMC social media site moderators: Link to these guidelines on the info or bio area of the platform you are using. Use this URL: