Monday, March 28, 2005
For the many readers of Pallimed who have not commented before I would really encourage you to break your silence and be proud to say 'long time listener, first time commenter.' Here are some of the reasons why you should comment on blog posts:
1. Comments Are Peer-Review: Discussing a counter-argument to the original post helps balance the viewpoint and encourages the writer and other comments to better define the original point.
2. Comments Make a Community: By contributing you now are part of a small network of Pallimed commenters which provides a foundation for a growing community. Often times the commenters answer each other's questions before any Pallimed writer gets a chance to reply.
3. Comments Guide the Content: Sure blog topics are what we decide to write on, but how we decide to write on is influenced by great comments which open up new areas of interest.
4. Comments Are Currency: Comments help any blog writer realize they are not talking into thin air, which is what it feels like when you first press 'publish post.' And that currency can be cashed in as goodwill from any of the blog writers. If we get a request for more info or a favor from someone who comments often, we will be much more likely to reciprocate.
5. Comments Make a Better, Smarter Blog: Comments often lead to new resources, new links and new insights making the blog a better resource for everyone. Also like a huge crowd sourced editors desk, if you find a broken link, a misspelling, poor grammar, tell us. We'll fix it, then thank you for helping all future readers.(Edit 9/8/10: Found two errors, but no one told me. *Sniff*)
6. Comments Make you a Pallimed Author: Drew started this whole thing, but Thomas Quinn, Lyle Fettig and Christian Sinclair (me) all started out as commenters before becoming formal contributors.
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Last revised June 26, 2013
Monday, March 28, 2005 by Christian Sinclair ·
- Brian McMichael, MD (2010-2012)
- Thomas Quinn, APRN (2007-2012)
- Drew Rosielle, MD, FAAHPM (2005-2013)
- Amber Wollesen, MD (2009-2012)
- John Hennessy (2013)
- Dale Lupu, MPH, PhD (2010)
- Suzana Makowksi, MD, MMM (2010-11, 2013)
- Emily Riegel, MD (2013)
- Holly Yang, MD, FAAHPM (2010-2012)
- Renée Berry (2013)
- Rea Ginsberg, LCSW-C (2013)
- Jennifer Linebarger, MD, MPH, FAAP (2013)
- Kristina Newport, MD (2013)
- Earl Quijada, MD (2013)
- Paul Tatum, MD, MSPH (2013)
Updated September 2014
by Christian Sinclair ·
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
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- Medical College of Wisconsin
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- Zablocki VA Medical Center
- Veterans Health Administration
- Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care
- University of Kansas Medical School
- Yale School of Nursing
- Yale Cancer Center
- Indiana University
- Wishard Health Services
- VNS of Central Indiana
- Fairview Health Services
- University of Minnesota
- San Diego Hospice
- The Institute of Palliative Medicine
- American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organziation
- Journal of Palliative Medicine
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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 by Christian Sinclair ·
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
- 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.)
- HTML Coding experience
- A blog of your own
- A twitter account
- Intelligent without being pretentious
- Witty without being biting
- Relatively recent and relevant
- Entertaining and helpful journal article reviews
- Medium length between 400-800 words
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas!
by Christian Sinclair ·
We love tips. Do you have a great article you just saw and think it should be shared with the world? We have three great ways for you to contribute to expanding our knowledge base. And with nearly 50,000 page views per month and over 3,500 subscribers that is a big reach.
1. Submit privately - Email email@example.com
2. Submit publicly - 2 ways to share your discovery with the world. Why not post it in public and then we can write it up later. The reach will be much better this way!
- Submit on Facebook Fan Page - Post a link their with your explanation for a longer write-up on Pallimed
- Submit via Twitter - include either @ctsinclair or @Pallimed with a phrase like 'blog this!"
3. Write it up yourself - see this page for details
We will try to reply to all tips regardless of the medium used to submit, but cannot guarantee a response.
What kind of tips work best?
- Early releases of landmark articles - we respect embargoes despite not being given media credentials
- Articles in major newspapers or upcoming TV shows or films
- Really insightful blog posts about
- Innovative programs utilizing hospice and palliative themes
- Local media coverage of hospice fundraisers
- Press releases
- Product placement or promotion material
- Link exchanges requests submitted as tips
by Christian Sinclair ·
On June 8th, 2005 Drew wrote a simple 86 word post on pallimed.blogspot.com titled "First post: good news":
Well this is my first post. Hopefully in the next few days I'll fill out the links & other supplemental info sections (not that anyone is going to be reading this immediately anyway). Today is an auspicious day to begin my blog as I just learned that the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Family Medicine Board have decided to recognize palliative medicine as an official subspecialty! This info was from an acquaintance, so I'll be digging around for confirmation in the next few days.He makes the obvious realization that he is talking to nobody yet it was the beginning of talking to everybody all at the same time. If you haven't thought about how polarized it is to write this way, just take a second!
To demonstrate how long Drew was writing without feedback I went through the first year of posts to find the 'first' comment; the first real tangible proof that someone was listening. It was 'Dave' who commented in August 2005 on Drew's 38th post on the subject of transmucosal fentanyl dosing. Just a simple comment, but apparently enough to keep Drew moving along, thank goodness.
When Drew was starting Pallimed, he was at the end of his 3rd year of residency about to start his HPM fellowship. It basically started as Drew's personal library of thoughts about journal articles and a few interesting pieces found in the media about HPM. From this simple concept of open access discussion of research findings and media coverage a whole community began to emerge.
Some historic posts:
- First Post (2005)
- 1000th post (2010)
- 1st Anniversary (2006)
- 2nd Anniversary (2007)
- 3rd Anniversary (2008)
- 4th Anniversary (2009)
- 5th Anniversary (2010)
To mark this anniversary here are some important milestones and statistics about Pallimed, the contributors and the readers who support Pallimed in the past 5 years:
- Founded: June 8, 2005
- Total number of subscribers across all blogs and platforms: 5355 (as of June 2010)
- Approx # of hits: more than 200,000 in 5y (2005-10)
- Approx # of pageviews: more than 300,000 in 5y (2005-10)
- First redesign with Pallimed logo and establishment of pallimed.org: January 2007
- Second redesign: June 2010
- Third redesign with DISQUS commenting system: March 2011
- Total 5 year investment: less than $1000 (site hosting, guerrilla marketing)
- Total 5 year time invested: less and more than you think
- Total ad revenue generated: $0
- Added Sister blogs of 'Arts and Humanities' and 'Case Conferences': May 2007
- 2009 AAHPM/PDIA Palliative Medicine Community Leadership Award
- 4 successful guerrilla marketing escapades by the Pallimed Street Team 2008-11
- Support for electing a member to the AAHPM Board of Directors: Fall 2008
- Support for a hub of HPM blogs through Palliative Care Grand Rounds
- Successful engagement and message management utilizing social media
- Host of Grand Rounds (featuring best in medical blogs) for 3 years
- Invitation for special presentation at the 2010 and 2011 AAHPM/HPNA Annual Assembly on blogs and social media
- 5 years of having a Pallimed Readers party at the Annual Assembly (and for the last two co-hosting with Geripal)
- Creation of a Pallimed iPhone and Android apps
- Created Facebook Fan page
- Initiated and hosted first hospice and palliative medicine tweetchat #HPM
- 6 Blog children born (#1 to Drew, #2 and #3 to Christian, #4 to Drew, #5 to Lyle, #6 to Amy)
10: Oct 2006
100: April 2007
500: March 2008
1000: December 2008
2000: May 2009
3000: June 2010
Approximate # of website hits per year:
by Christian Sinclair ·
Pallimed was founded on June 8th, 2005 by Drew Rosielle, MD as a way to keep track of interesting articles from many different journals that were relevant to palliative care. The scope of the blog has expanded to include reviewing media coverage of hospice and palliative care issues.
The contributors to Pallimed are mostly physicians, but we also have a nurse practioner and a PhD on staff. Speaking of staff, Pallimed is an all volunteer effort. No grant money, no organizational support, no advertisements. We do this is our spare time for the love of the field.
Our primary audience are the interdisciplinary health care professionals in hospice and palliative care, but we are happy to see patients, families, media, other disciplines and specialties come here to find information relevant to them.
If you want to find out more about Palliative Care, you can see these great public oriented sites:
Palliative Doctors (from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine)
Get Palliative Care (from the Center to Advance Palliative Care)
Christian Sinclair, MD, FAAHPM
Drew Rosielle, MD, FAAHPM
Lyle Fettig, MD
Amy Clarkson, MD
Amber Wollesen, MD
Jeanette Ross, MD
Earl Quijada, MD
Suzana Makowski, MD, MMM, FAAHPM
Holly Yang, MD
by Christian Sinclair ·
The contributors of Pallimed would love to hear from you. There are many ways to contact us so find the way that suits your needs best.
If you have a question about an individual post, your best bet is to leave a comment on the post. Our contributors usually respond within 48 hours.
If you are media looking for a SME or KOL please email the author of the post directly or Pallimed editor Christian Sinclair with "MEDIA REQUEST" in the subject line.
If you are looking for a speaker, the contributors to Pallimed have a wide range of medical topics to choose from including social media in health care, please email the author if you know who you need. Or you can email Pallimed editor Christian Sinclair with "SPEAKER REQUEST" in the subject line.
Our contributors will not be able to respond to requests for medical advice or becoming involved in someone's medical care.
|Drew Rosielle||Coming soon||@drosielle|
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|Holly Yang||Coming soon||@hollyby|
|Dale Lupu||Coming soon||@dalelupu|
|Brian McMichael||Coming soon||@brimcmike|
by Christian Sinclair ·
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Links - Key Journals
- Annals of Internal Medicine
- Archives of Internal Medicine
- BMC Palliative Care
- Int'l Journal of Palliative Nursing
- Journal of Clinical Oncology
- Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
- Journal of Palliative Care
- Journal of Palliative Medicine
- Journal of Supportive Oncology
- Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
- Palliative Medicine
- Supportive Care in Cancer
- IAHPC's Journal Roll
Links - Organizations
- American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
- American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABHPM)
- CareSearch (Palliative care online searching)
- Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)
- Education in Palliative and End of Life Care
- End of Life/Palliative Education Resource Center (EPERC)
- End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)
- Get Palliative Care
- History of Hospice
- Hospice and Palliative Nurses Associaton (HPNA)
- International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care
- Intl Observatory on EOL Care
- National Alliance for Hospice Access (NAHA)
- National Cancer Institute
- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
- Pain Treatment Topics
- Palliative Care Policy Center (Medicaring)
- Promoting Excellence in EOL Care
- Stop Pain
Links - Blogs/Other Important Sites
- AAHPM Professionals in Training SIG Blog
- About Palliative Care
- Alive Hospice Blog
- Bioethics Blog
- Center for Practical Bioethics
- Dethmama Chronicles
- Doctor Fisher
- GeriPal Blog
- Hospice & Nursing Homes Blog
- Hospice Blog
- Hospice Doctor
- Hospice Foundation of America Blog
- Hospice NP
- Hospice Physician
- Medical Futility
- Palliative Care Success
- Pallimed: Arts & Humanities
- Pallimed: Case Conferences
- Pallimed: Main Blog
- The Checkout Line
- The Journey Learned
- Two Women Blogging
- War on Doctors / Pain Crisis
Tuesday, March 15, 2005 by Christian Sinclair ·