Beginning on July 23, physicians all more than the globe took to social media to post photos of themselves in bikinis, applying the hashtag #MedBikini. Against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and our broad social awakening to a second pandemic of systemic racism, why would thousands of physicians post photos of one thing so seemingly frivolous as themselves in swimwear? We are each surgeons, and watched this play out in true time.
It initially began with a study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery that purported to analyze the behavior of physicians on social media. The study, carried out by a group of researchers primarily based at the Boston Medical Center and Boston University School of Mecicine, was an try to classify the posts of trainees in vascular surgery as either experienced or unprofessional.