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Meblogger Track: The State of the Medical Blogosphere


The State of the  Medical Blogosphere The medical blogosphere is actually a composite, made up of patients, doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, medical companies…you get the picture.

If you are blogging about a health care topic, you fall under the medblogger rubric.

“The State of the Medical Blogosphere: We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby” is one of four sessions comprising the first Medblogger Track at BlogWorld/New Media Expo 09. We’ll be looking at the history of the genre, what we have learned along the way and where we are headed.

Some of the anticipated topics for this session (and yes, I am listening to the Beatles right now, why do you ask?)

  • Come Together: the early bloggers and the formation of Grand Rounds
  • Paperback Writers – bloggers in print
  • I Should Have Known Better – when blogging and work collide; how much is too much?
  • Help! – patient bloggers share experiences and emotions
  • Revolution – mainstream media starts blogging; bloggers make made the jump to mainstream media
  • All Together Now – medical institutions embrace the blogosphere

I have the honor of moderating this panel, so let me introduce you to the panelists:

  • Kerri Morrone Sparling – Kerri is the author of Six Until Me, where she chronicles the experience of living with diabetes. Her blog has been spotlighted on WebMD, The Lancet, US World News and World Report, CNBC and AOL. She is an Editor and Community Leader for dLife, a diabetes-media company. She’s smart; she’s eloquent – she knows her stuff. (No jealously here. Nope. Not a bit….).
  • Nick Genes, M.D., Ph.D – Nick is a resident in Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. He writes his own blog (Blogborygmi), is a partner at Medgaget.com and is most famously known as “The Father of Grand Rounds”, having started the venerable blog carnival in 2004. And just for the record, he studied chondrocyte mechanotransduction while getting his MD. I can’t even pronounce it. ‘Nuff said.
  • Kevin Pho, M.D. – Kevin is a board-certified internal medicine physician from Nashua, NH. He blogs on current medical issues at Kevin, MD. He’s been mentioned in The Wall Street Journal, British Medical Journal, The Detroit Free Press and American Medical News. You may have caught his interview with Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News. I make sure to catch his blog by having it come directly to me by email. It’s that good.

Come join us as we explore the state of the medical blogosphere and meet our blogging colleagues at BWE.

The state of the medical blogosphere?

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