Don’t forget to vote for your favorite Medical Weblog at Medgadget!

13 02 2011

I almost forgot to vote for the best medical blogs in the Seventh Annual Medical Weblog Awards Contest, organized by Medgadget.

But, I voted just in time, and so can you if you haven’t done so. Please support your favorite blogs!

Voting will close 23:59:59 this Sunday, February 13, 2011 (EST).

You can vote here at Medgadget

There are several categories:

  • 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
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    I’ve got Good News and I’ve got Bad News

    26 01 2010

    If someone tells you: “I’ve got Good News and I’ve got Bad News”, you probably ask this person: “Well, tell me the bad news first!”

    Laika’s MedLibLog has good and bad news for you.

    The Bad News is, that this blog didn’t make it to the Finals of the sixth annual Medical Weblog Awards, organized by Medgadget. (see earlier post)

    The Good news is that this keeps me from the stress that inevitably comes with following the stats and seeing how your blog is lagging more and more behind. Plus you don’t have to waste time desperately trying to mobilize your husband to just press the *$%# vote button (choosing the right person: me), no matter how many times he says he doesn’t care a bit – (“and wouldn’t it be better to spend less time on blogging anyway?”)

    This reminds me of something I’ve tried to suppress, namely that this blog didn’t make it to the shortlists of the Dutch Bloggies 2009 either (see Laika’s MedLibLog on the Longlist of the DutchBloggies!)

    The Good news is that many high quality blogs did make it to the finals. Including The Blog that Ate Manhattan, Clinical Cases and Images, Musings of a Distractible Mind (Best Medical Weblog) , other things amanzi (Best Literary Medical Weblog), Allergy Notes, Clinical Cases and Images, Life in the Fast Lane (Best Clinical Sciences Weblog), ScienceRoll (Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog).

    Best of all, the superb blog I nominated for Best Medical WeblogDr Shock MD PhD made it to the finals as well!!

    But it is hard to understand that blogs like EverythingHealth and Body in Mind with many nominations are not among the finalists. That underlines that contests are very subjective, but so are individual preferences for blogs. It is all in the game.

    Anyway you can start voting for your favorite blogs tomorrow. Please have a look at the finalists here at Medgadget, so you can decide who deserves your votes.

    Finally I would like to conclude with positive news concerning this blog. This week’s “Cochrane in the news” features the post on Cochrane Evidence Aid. It is on the Cochrane homepage today.

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    Best Literary Medical Weblog
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    The 2009 Medical Weblog Awards: it is time to nominate your favorite blogs

    16 01 2010

    The 2009 Medical Blog AwardsThe 2009 Medical Weblog Awards are here again!

    MedGadget is asking for nominations for the best of medical blogs.  This is the sixth year of the competition and these awards are designed to showcase the best medblogs, and to highlight the exciting and useful role that the medical blogosphere plays in medicine and society.

    You can make your nominations here by leaving a comment with your choice. Nominations will be accepted until Sunday, January 24, 2010. The finalists will be announced the next day.

    The categories for this year’s awards are:

    — Best Medical Weblog

    — Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2009)

    — Best Literary Medical Weblog

    — Best Clinical Sciences Weblog

    — Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog

    — Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog

    — Best Patient’s Blog

    Perhaps you remember that this blog made it to the finals last year in the category “Best New Medical Weblog“, but was -of course- beaten by Life In The Fast Lane, the blog that is nominated at least 20 times in the current contest.

    Since you obviously can’t be nominated for Best New Medical Weblog (2008) twice, I didn’t expected this blog to be nominated again. Considering the competition, I was very surprised (and certainly honored) that Laika’s MedLibLog was nominated in the section Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog, i.e. by Chris Nickson (precordialthump on Twitter), saying:

    # Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog: Laika’s MedLibLog – https://laikaspoetnik.wordpress.com/ A brilliant guide to the art and science of discovering the medical information you need.

    By the way, I was alerted to the nomination by Novoseek on Twitter.

    Many of my favorite blogs have already been nominated, like Life In The Fast Lane, ScienceRoll,  Bitingthedust , other things amanzi, Clinical Cases and Images, Respectful Insolence and Found In Cache. Below are my nominations. I gave preference to those blogs that have not yet been nominated, but certainly deserve a place among the other nominees.

    • Best Medical Weblog : Dr Shock MD PhD, a beautiful lay-out, frequently updated, a mix of web 2.0 & medical subjects brought in an easy-to-digest way.
    • Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2009) Body in Mind, excellent new blog that fulfills its promise: “both interesting and accurate.”
    • Best Literary Medical Weblog: Other things amanziLove to read the stories. Real, rough (surgeon & South Africa) and beautifully written. (of equal quality is Bitingthedust -both already nominated)
    • Best Clinical Sciences Weblog: Sutures for a living Blog of a plastic surgeon with a lot of noteworthy information on many different subjects including surgery and quilting.
    • Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog: The Skeptical OB writes skeptic research posts as well as  interesting stories about patients.
    • Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog: The Palmdoc Chronicles. The source to consult to keep updated with the latest Medical PDA News and Updates.
    • Best Patient’s Blog :  Survive the Journey. I ‘m a real fan of this blog, written by a patient with Cushing’s Disease. It contains real life stories and researchblogging. Robin has recently started another blog  “365 days with Cushing. I almost nominated this blog, but realized in time it just started this year.

    By the way it is very difficult to fit some blogs in. It would be nice to include other categories, like “Medical Education”, Evidenced Based Medicine (Science Based Medicine/Theoretical Medicine) and “Medical Student, Nurses & other health care workers”. And what about microblogs?

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    The 2008 Medical Weblog Awards Polls Are Open!

    6 01 2009

    award_lr1Just a short notice that you can start voting for your favorite finalists in the Medgadget contest for best medical blogs.

    You can find all categories here.

    I’m in category: “The best new medical weblog“, for which you can vote here.

    I guess that my chances of winning are slim, considering the quality of the other blogs. I’ve become a real fan of [1] Sandsnurf of ‘Life in the Fast Lane, and I regularly read [2] Science-Based Medicine a good quality team-blog about controversies in the relationship between science and medicine, a subject being close to my heart.

    New to me are [3] Medtechinsider, another team-blog (editorial staff of Medical Device Technology and European Medical Device Manufacturer), devoted to covering the medical manufacturing industry and its suppliers. And [4] The New Health Dialogue, a policy blog of the New America Foundation.

    But let’s not talk too much about the others, shall we….??!! 😉

    I truly hope I have earned your vote. But whether you do vote for me or not, please make sure you get to vote for your favorite in each of 7 categories here.

    I’m already thrilled having made it to the short list.





    A 2008 Medical Weblog Awards Finalist…..

    6 01 2009

    award_lrSome weeks ago I announced that the Medgadget 2008 nomination of the Best Medical Blogs had started.

    The unexpected has happened. Laika’s Medliblog has been chosen as a finalist in the category Best New Medical Weblog (established in 2008).

    As a Dutch Medical Librarian, and a novice in the web 2.0 world, I’m thrilled and very honored that I’m among the finalists for this prestigious award.

    Special thanks to Wowter (with a Dutch and an English blog) who took the initiative to nominate me.

    Here is a complete list of the finalists for The 2008 Weblog Awards. The final list of nominees can be found here.

    The voting starts tomorrow, well Tuesday 06-01-2008 (that is today here). Please keep tuned in….scanman-announces-finalists

    p.s. How did I found out? Via twitter, of course, where one of the other finalists, “Scanman” or Vijay congratulated some of us.Thanks Vijay.






    Nomination Best Medical Blogs at MedGadget

    19 12 2008

    It is time for the 2008 Medical Weblog Awards!

    Since 5 years Medgadget, an independent on-line journal covering the latest medical gadgets and technologies, organizes a competition “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 2008 Medical Blog Awards

    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 Weblog

    Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday, December 31, 2008. You can put your nominations (1 in each category) in the comments section on the Medgadget site.
    An update of the current nominees is given here. For further information see here.