Best of Medical Blogs - weekly review, blog carnival

What happened to "Grand Rounds" medblog carnival?

It's sad to see the demise of "Grand Rounds" medblog carnival. The weekly summary of the best medical blog posts has been published since 2004, with only few breaks. There have not been any editions for more than a month, and no new ones are scheduled. A new initiative by Health Care SoMedia Review could replace some of it

This blog post is a part of a project to recreate a weekly review, or blog carnival, of the best medical blog posts. Feel free to send your suggestions to my email at The “Best of Medical Blogs - weekly review, blog carnival” will be published on Tuesdays, just like the old Grand Rounds. The last organizers of the Grand Rounds blog carnival. @DrVal and @NickGenes, are aware of this project.

How Doctors Manage Their Social Media Profiles

Personal vs. Professional: How Doctors Manage Their Social Media Profiles is a blog post by Matt Wood of the University of Chicago Medicine blog Matt has published a series of great blog posts recently about physicians’ use social media. The doctors at University of Chicago are clearly the leaders in social media use in a city with a rich history of great medical centers such as UChicago Medicine, Northwestern, Childrens’ Memorial, Rush, Loyola and Northshore. Matt tries to find out what makes the UChicago doctors more comfortable using social media that their peers at other institutions:

Consumers use social media to make medical decisions

Consumer Expectations for Healthcare Social Media - this is a succinct summary by Ed Bennett, “a maker of lists” of healtchare oragnizations that use social media

Digital Strategies for Healthcare Organisations - a good overview by the Australian blog IV line

Doctors’ salaries

Dr. Mandrola quotes an experienced colleague on doctors' salaries: “We are all happy with what we make. What upsets us most is seeing what others make.” Since then, I try not to dwell on what others make.

Healthcare social media is a “moral obligation” for doctors

Healthcare social media is a 'moral obligation', says Farris Timimi, M.D., medical director for the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, quoted by “Fierce Health IT” . Social media needs to be grown and nurtured for patients. "Our patients are there. Our moral obligation is to meet them where they're at and give them the information they need so they can seek recovery," Dr. Timimi said. "You've got to be ready for it. You build it for the patients; not for yourself. "This is not marketing," he added. "This is the right thing to do."

Social media is no more a moral obligation for doctors than it is to appear on TV and radio shows, and to write newspaper columns. It is great if you have the time and aptitude to do it, but the most important things is to focus on what matters most - providing correct diagnosis and best possible treatment to your patients.

Comments from Twitter:

Westby Fisher, MD @doctorwes: Best of Medical Blogs - weekly review, RIP blog carnival

Laika (Jacqueline) @laikas: After the demise of THE Grand Rounds @DrVes starts his own weekly blog review Gr8 initiative; but still miss the OLD GR

WB Medical Education @WBmeded: Hope to check out some of these later, looks interesting RT @DrVes: Best of Medical Blogs: weekly review, blog carnival

Mike Cadogan @sandnsurf: Another great way to control the information overload with the Best of Medical Blogs - weekly review

1 comment:

  1. A #hcsm review started a few weeks ago... not so medical but interesting conversations. I hosted it this week.