Students are using these networking tools to show their support for causes, exchange answers to exam questions, and disseminate course notes, in addition to sharing the mandatory photos of alcohol fuelled antics.
“Without it you wouldn’t know what was going on,” said a student at St George’s Medical School, London.
Junior doctors are making time for the technology too, with most UK schools boasting groups with a few hundred members.
In a remarkably diligent act of altruism, a group of medical students (“podmedics”) have even taken to recording and sharing their notes as audio files for others to download and enjoy on the road.
The American Medical Association advises doctors to “recognise that your personal conduct may affect your reputation and that of your profession,” and a spokesperson for the General Medical Council made it clear that regulators appreciate the need for balance.