Welcome to the 2010 Medical Weblog Awards! It is time to celebrate and showcase the original reporting, engaging writing and discussion, breathtaking multimedia, and the spirit of community in the medical blogosphere. This is the seventh year of the competition and these awards are designed to highlight the exciting and useful role that the medical blogosphere plays in medicine and society. This year’s competition is sponsored by Epocrates® and Lenovo®.
Epocrates® is generously donating the latest Apple iPod touch® to winners in each category, along with a subscription to the company’s most popular premium product for drug, disease, and lab information, Epocrates® Essentials clinical reference suite.
The grand prize winner in the Best Medical Weblog category will receive a brand new, top of the line Lenovo® Multi-Touch m90z ThinkCentre, an all-in-one model that Lenovo designed for professional use with medical applications strongly in mind. This powerful computer with a 23” full HD monitor was reviewed by Medgadget, and we were very impressed with its capabilities.
Additionally, the Best Medical Weblog category winner will receive Epocrates Online Premium reference, a premium drug and clinical reference for the web browser. Epocrates Online organizes practical, peer-reviewed drug and disease content with a unique patient-centered approach. The grand prize package is valued at over $2000.
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!” In the meantime, check out Placebo Journal’s blog.
Of course, bragging rights are the ultimate reward, and we wish everyone the best of luck!
The categories for this year’s awards are:
Best Medical Weblog Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2010) 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, nominating category, 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). When we have all the nominees, Medgadget editors and Dr. Allen Roberts from GruntDoc will sort through all the blogs, and we will select up to 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 23:59:59 Sunday, January 23, 2011. We will announce the finalists on Monday, January 24, 2011. Polls will be open from Thursday, January 27, 2011 and will close at 23:59:59 EST on Sunday, February 13, 2011. Winners will be announced on Friday, February 18, 2011.
Medgadget, 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!