Welcome to the third annual Medical Weblog Awards! These awards are designed to honor the very best in the medical blogosphere, and to highlight the diverse world of medical blogs.
The categories for this year’s awards will be:
— Best Medical Weblog
— Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2006)
— Best Literary Medical Weblog
— Best Clinical Sciences Weblog
— Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog
— Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog
— Best Patient’s Blog (a new category this year)
Nominations are now accepted in the comment section of this post. When nominating, please indicate blog’s name and URL. A blog can participate in more than one category, so please indicate which one(s).
The following timeline will be observed:
— Nominations will be accepted until Sunday, December 31, 2006.
— Polls will be open from Wednesday, January 3, 2007 and will close at midnight on Sunday, January 14, 2007 (PST).
— Awards will be announced on Friday, January 19, 2007.
This year’s awards are being sponsored by Thinklabs Medical and Medgadget. Thinklabs will be giving a complete Thinklabs Stethoscope Recording Package to the winner of the Best Medical Weblog. The prize includes a Thinklabs ds32a Electronic Stethoscope and a 2GB Apple iPod Nano with a Micromemo recording accessory.
Winners in other categories, in addition to bragging rights, will be awarded by Medgadget with the latest edition of The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. Offers are accepted from individuals and companies to provide additional gifts for the winners (please write to medgadget-at-medgadget-dot–com).
Medgadget.com, as well as the individual blogs of our editors, are not eligible to participate in the awards.
This year, we are introducing a new voting system. Please meet the judges: Medgadget editorial staff is joined by Sumer from Sumer’s Radiology Site, Josh from Kidney Notes, Enoch from Tech Medicine, Orac from Respectful Insolence, Steven from docinthemachine, Bard from A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure, Amy from Diabetes Mine and Allen from GruntDoc. Judges will conduct a review of each blog submitted and will vote to sort out those blogs that don’t belong to a particular category, or simply splogs (spam blogs.) Furthermore, judges will vote for blogs. Your votes and judges’ votes are counted as 50% to 50%. Such a voting system was held at a recent TV show Dancing with the Stars, and details on how the counting was done can be found here.
Voting for the awards will be open to all, but you will only be able to vote once. (No hacking or cookie manipulation will be tolerated — only one vote for each category from a particular IP address.)
All final decisions will be made by our editors.
Good luck to all!
UPDATE: The 2006 Medical Weblog Awards Nominees
UPDATE: Vote now!