- ICHNFM is committed to creating and maintaining a work and learning environment free from drama and unpleasantness.
- Among members/students/instructors/attendees, professional-level communication is expected per common courtesy and standards of etiquette/netiquette, per the examples detailed below.
- This information is also mirrored at: http://www.ichnfm.org/about
Examples of norms and expectations for ICHNFM discussions, forums, and any working/learning environment:
- Appropriate use: Professional discussions related to the wide fields of healthcare, medicine, nutrition, and functional medicine.
- Community monitoring and policing: We all share in the responsibility of keeping this forum professional, clean, useful, and enjoyable. Any inappropriate posts should be flagged and reported immediately within the forum and/or to firstname.lastname@example.org where it will be received by our infrastructure.
- Etiquette definitions/examples: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etiquette_in_technology
- Etiquette rules: http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html
- Professionalism: Logical, polite, professional, articulate, properly communicated/spelled/structured sentences and other communication are expected. A standard of professionalism is confidentiality; so any posted questions or cases about clients/patients must have identifying information removed prior to posting.
- Polite behavior: No insults, attacks, criticisms of person.
- Our “be nice or leave” policy: Any violations of the intent and use of the forum will be noted by administrative discretion as grounds for revocation of membership/access/enrollment immediately and likely/possibly without any applicable refund, or with refund minus all administrative and logistical costs. This is not the place for politics, comments, sales, marketing, or complaints that should be sent in private messages or not at all.
- Signature: You may include up to 2-3 lines in your signature, and the first line must include only your name and degrees/credentials (graduate/doctorate only for those who have such); signatures that are overly bulky/offensive/promotional will be deleted and the user may be banned.
- Name & user id: Each participant can have only one identification and log-in. “Usernames” cannot be changed and need to be based on your real first and last names. This is a professional forum, and we expect dialogues among professionals with real names and real credentials, not among cartoon names and first names only (ie, this is not a forum for kids), and not just with “Dr” without defining degrees (the degree tells us the title).
- Confidentiality and group ownership: All conversations and postings in this forum are considered confidential and owned by the members/participants and ICHNFM and are not to be shared outside of these discussions and forums. Confidential information such as that which identifies patients should not be posted; any posted questions or cases about clients/patients must have identifying information removed prior to posting.
- Liability: ICHNFM is not liable for inappropriate use of this forum; individuals may be liable/responsible for their actions and posts and should use common sense and good judgment.
- Updates: These rules for the forum will be periodically updated and posted on this page; users are responsible must remain in good standing with the posted rules and “common sense and good taste” rules of etiquette and proper and professional behavior in order to maintain access to using the forums.
- Privacy: Here are the standards and norms; violation of these can easily warrant immediate exclusion and may entail liability. Information in the forum is considered protected information and is not for public use or distribution.
- Students and attendees: Don't share posts/conversations/material outside of this group.
- Everyone: Don't post case reports with identifying information; respect patient privacy and confidentiality in case discussions.
- ICHNFM: We don't share information with anyone and we respect our own privacy and the privacy of the attendees and will take reasonable steps to protect all of the above. The industry standard for conferences and courses is that sponsors and educational partners may receive names and contact information from the attendees/students; that is --again-- the standard of the CE/CME industry and the reward to companies for sponsoring/underwriting/promoting educational events, since they can only seek affiliation and do not have the opportunity to promote sales of products.