Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Wanna Write?

Pallimed is about community and increasing the knowledge of the public and professionals about important research and news, while also including the impact of the Arts and the practical tools of case based learning. Our contributing writers all work in the field of hospice and palliative medicine and have a keen sense of what is of interest to one of our key audiences: the health care professional.  In addition our writing style is what some might call 'casual academic.'  We work to crunch some of the numbers so you can figure out the applications.  We do the research and the background digging so you understand the themes of a piece of music and how it relates to palliative care.

What do you get out of being published on Pallimed?

  • Satisfaction that you have contributed to your field
  • Your ideas spread to thousands of people (each post usually gets over 1000 page views and is sent to over 6000 people across multiple social media platforms)
  • Constructive discussion and commentary on your post 
  • 15 seconds of internet fame in a niche medical community
  • Potential networking opportunities
  • Blogging experience - which has led to tenure advancement, job promotions and speaking engagements 
  • Membership in a community of medical social commentators who have really interesting email exchanges
  • Automatic invitation to the annual Pallimed Party at the AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly
So if that got you excited, how do you get your post published on Pallimed?

Pre-requisites:
  • A strong foundation of hospice and palliative medicine ideas, themes, and knowledge.
  • Experience as a health care professional in hospice and palliative care. (Non-health care professionals and those health care professionals working outside of hospice and palliative care are welcome to submit ideas, but there is a preference for health care professionals in the field.)
Things that are not required but helpful:
  • HTML Coding experience
  • A blog of your own
  • A twitter account
Posts we like: 
  • Intelligent without being pretentious
  • Witty without being biting
  • Relatively recent and relevant
  • Entertaining and helpful journal article reviews
  • Medium length between 400-800 words
What we do NOT post:
- SEO/link exchange/ghost written articles (please stop emailing!)
- Product/book reviews by outside writers

What skills do you need:
- Can you type an email or a document?  Good enough!

What is a good idea for a post?
- Read the Pallimed blogs and that will get you a good idea of the content we are looking for.
- Scan Twitter for the #HPM hashtag and see what people are talking about
- Re-purpose your presentation for journal club into a post
- Catch a song, movie, or book, that makes you reflect upon your work in hospice and palliative medicine?    
      Then write a review!

Email christian@pallimed.org with your ideas!

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