Community Guidelines

HCP FORUM is a network for social learning that is constantly growing because of the thoughtful contributions of healthcare professionals like you. When you share your cases, you help educate more than 1 million healthcare professionals around the world.

The following Community Guidelines are here to help you understand what it means to be a member of the HCP FORUM community. Please be aware that all of your activity on HCP FORUM is subject to these Guidelines and our Terms of Service. This includes comments as well as cases.


Respect the patients.

The cases featured on HCP FORUM are those of real patients. These patients deserve to be treated with dignity and respect at all times. Apply the same ethical principles you use in your practice to what you post. Please don’t write anything on HCP FORUM that you wouldn’t say in front of a patient.

Maintain patient privacy at all times.

Whether you’re sharing a case or posting a comment, you must never include identifying information. Please refer to our content policy for a list of identifiers. Any case or comment that violates this policy will be removed. As outlined in our Terms of Service and FAQ, it is your responsibility to maintain patient privacy at all times.

Only share your direct clinical experience.

HCP FORUM is intended for healthcare professionals to share cases of the patients in their direct clinical care. It is not intended for sharing your own medical conditions, those of your family or friends, or medical conditions outside the scope of your practice. This applies to both cases and comments. If you have a relevant personal experience to share, please do so without including personal details.

Be kind to your fellow community members.

HCP FORUM is a respectful learning environment where healthcare professionals from many different backgrounds and countries come together to share their knowledge and learn from one another. Do not post any comment on HCP FORUM that is not conducive to maintaining a respectful learning environment. Bullying and harassment are not tolerated on HCP FORUM.

Keep comments professional.

When contributing your questions and feedback to the clinical dialogue on HCP FORUM, keep in mind that this is a professional environment. Insensitive, lewd, or otherwise unprofessional comments are not appropriate for this community and will be removed. If you wouldn’t say something in front of a patient, please don’t say it here.

Support your contributions with data.

While we recognize that not all treatments have been tested by clinical trials, cases and discussion on HCP FORUM must have a scientific basis. Failure to provide sufficient support and data when requested may result in your case or comment being removed.

Leave the cases here.

Taking screenshots of the cases, comments, and any other contributions on HCP FORUM and sharing them anywhere else, whether online or in print, is a violation of our Terms of Service and the spirit of our community.

Avoid sharing promotional content.

All activity on HCP FORUM should serve the purpose of furthering medical knowledge. While healthcare professionals are welcome to tell the community about a project that they are working on, spamming the community with commercial or fundraising interests is not permitted. If your organization is interested in learning about promotional opportunities on HCP FORUM, please contact us and we will be happy to connect you to a member of our Business Development team.

Give credit where credit is due.

We encourage the sharing of helpful resources as long as they are publicly available and cited accordingly. This only applies to educational materials, such as posters or decision charts. We do not allow clinical photos that do not belong to you to be shared unless they were provided with consent by a colleague.

We’ve crafted these guidelines to ensure that everyone in the HCP FORUM community can engage in meaningful educational sharing. If you don’t feel that you can abide by our Community Guidelines as outlined above, HCP FORUM might not be right for you.

If you have any questions or comments, we’d love to hear from you. Please feel free to email us at