The polls were opened, the people have voted, and now it’s time to announce this year’s winners of the 2010 Medical Blog Awards. We want to congratulate everyone for participating and take honor hosting these annual awards.
But first the prizes from our generous sponsors…
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 also 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.
And now a drum roll please…
The winner of the Best Medical Weblog of 2010 is Scott Weingart’s EMCrit blog. This is the golden age for emergency medicine blogs and Scott, an Emergency Department Intensivist from New York City, writes of interesting issues for other clinicians in the field. EMCrit blog also features popular podcasts where Scott discusses procedures, checklists, and other practically useful knowledge for others rescuing people in the ER. We’d like to congratulate Scott on winning the most coveted award in the medical blogosphere.
2010’s Best New Medical Weblog is ZDoggMD, a humourous medblog by a hospitalist in Silicon Valley. ZDogg must be the jolliest doctor on the West Coast, producing his own music videos, writing poems about Santa with gout, and making things a little funnier for other clinicians that work in what can be a pretty emotional field. Congratulations ZDogg and welcome to our wonderful medical blogging community!
The Best Literary Medical Weblog is StorytellERdoc, winner for the second year in a row. Kept by an ER physician, this beautifully written blog opens our eyes to the grace, passion, and sadness ongoing daily in ERs everywhere. Although writing anonymously, StorytellERdoc brings us into his inner circle, sharing his thoughts and experiences and commenting on our shared humanity that often becomes so acutely apparent in the hospital.
The Best Clinical Weblog of 2010 is GeriPal, a group blog about geriatrics and palliative care. GeriPal features evidence-based reviews, frequent updates, and the site deploys one of best visual styles we’ve seen among med blogs. Being a journal that’s always open to new qualified authors, GeriPal has developed into a community with a passion and focus on an important topic. We’re glad to see that medical blogs like this provide a real and useful resource of knowledge and practical opinion that improves the lives of patients.
The Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog is Covert Rationing Blog written by Richard N. Fogoros, “a former professor of medicine and a longtime practitioner, researcher and author in the fields of cardiology and cardiac electrophysiology.” Dr Fogoros focuses on the persistent and often unavoidable issue of health care rationing. Because of his passion for what at first seems like a narrow topic in a wide world of medical ethics, Dr Fogoros is able to discuss the various facets of rationing, including causes, effects, and how to address its underlying factors.
The Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog is once again Bertalan Meskó’s ScienceRoll. Berci, as we like to call him ever since he was one of the editors at Medgadget, is specializing in medical informatics and genetics. In the past, Berci even developed a medical school course about Health 2.0 and related topics at University of Debrecen in Hungary. ScienceRoll continues to provide timely commentary and news and reviews of everything involving computers, patients, and doctors. Congrats Berci, and keep up the good work!
This year’s Best Patient’s Blog is Wheelchair Kamikaze, written by a multiple sclerosis patient. The site covers everything someone in his situation would want to know about. Research news, lifestyle issues, and the complexity of living with MS is here for anyone to learn from and put to use. Mark, the author, has become an authority for many living with MS and his blog is now a true community for many others. This is the second consecutive year Mark won this award and we congratulate him and wish him all the best!
Finally, we’d like to thank all the readers of all the medical blogs out there. You give all of us purpose and motivation. Considering the growth of the medical blogosphere over the years, this year promises to be outstanding for bloggers and readers as it matures, introduces new bloggers, and creates content to rival more traditional sources.
Good luck and we’ll see you here next year!
The 2010 Medical Weblog Awards announcement…
The 2010 Medical Weblog Awards nominees…