Welcome to the 2008 Medical Weblog Awards! This is the fifth year of the competition. These awards are designed to showcase the best blogs from the medical blogosphere, and to highlight the exciting and useful role medical blogs play in medicine and in society.
The categories for this year’s awards are:
— Best Medical Weblog
— Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2008)
— Best Literary Medical Weblog
— Best Clinical Sciences Weblog
— Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog
— Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog
— Best Patient’s Blog
Nominations are now accepted in the comments section of this post. When nominating, please indicate the blog’s name and URL, as well as your thoughts why this particular blog deserves recognition. A blog can participate in more than one category, so please be precise which one(s). Once we have all the nominees, Medgadget editors will sort through all the blogs, and we will select five blogs in each category based on merit, and on our own internal voting results.
The following time line will be observed:
— Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, December 31, 2008.
— We will announce the finalists on Monday, January 5th, 2009
— Polls will be open from Tuesday, January 6th, 2009 and will close 12 midnight on Sunday, January 18, 2009 (EST).
— Winners will be announced on Friday, January 23, 2009.
This year’s competition is sponsored by Epocrates, whose mobile medical software solutions have been used by hundreds of thousands of clinicians and have been recognized as the industry’s leading software for many years. Epocrates is generously donating to the winner in Best Medical Weblog category the latest version of Epocrates Essentials Deluxe, a premium mobile suite of drugs, diseases and diagnostics that also features a medical dictionary, coding reference, clinical calculators and more, as well as the latest Palm® Tungsten™ E2 handheld. The package is valued at over $500.
Winners of the individual categories will receive a Palm Z22 handheld with Epocrates Essentials, a package valued at $250.
And to wrap up the prizes, all winners will receive an annual subscription to the Placebo Journal, “The Only Medical Journal That Will Make You Laugh… On Purpose!”
Of course, bragging rights are the the ultimate reward, and we wish everyone the best of luck!
Medgadget.com, as well as the individual blogs of our editors, are not eligible to participate in the awards.
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 2008 Medical Weblog Awards Nominees
UPDATE: The 2008 Medical Weblog Awards: The Polls Are Open!