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Monday, March 28, 2005

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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 ·


Founding Editor:

Guest Writers:
  • Clay Anderson, MD (2014)
  • Gary Buckholz, MD (2014)
  • Andi Chatburn, DO (2015)
  • Jim Cleary, MD (2014)
  • Ann Colbert, RN (2014)
  • Mariah Drewsnap-Dreisinger, MD (2014)
  • Sydney Dy, MD (2014)
  • Kyle P. Edmonds, MD (2014)
  • Cory Ingram, MD (2014)
  • Ronette Leal McCarthy (2014)
  • Jennifer Linebarger, MD (2013-2014)
  • Meredith MacMartin, MD (2013-2015)
  • Staci Mandrola, MD (2014)
  • Mary Lynn MacPherson (2014)
  • Staci Mandrola (2014)
  • Lizzy Miles, MA, MSW, LSW (2014)
  • Olline Minton (2014)
  • Chris Okon (2014)
  • Debra Oliver, PhD, MSW (2013-15)
  • Jessica Oliver Tappana, MSW (2015)
  • Phil Rodgers (2014)
  • William Rosenberg (2014)
  • Katherine Sleeman (2014-5)
  • Alex Smith, MD (2014)
  • Turner West (2014)
  • Ryan Westhoff (2014)
  • KJ Williams (2014)
  • Holly Yang (201
Social Media Teams (Interested in joining a team? Starting a new platform? Email

  • Renée Berry (2013-2014)
  • Lyle Fettig (2014)
  • Meredith MacMartin (2014)
  • Emily Riegel (2014)
  • Jeannette Ross (2014-5)
  • Christian Sinclair, Lead (2009-2015)
  • Cory Ingram (2014)
  • Meredith MacMartin (2014)
  • Emily Riegel (2014)
  • Christian Sinclair, Lead (2008-2014)
  • Christian Sinclair, Lead (2012-2014)
  • Christian Sinclair, Lead (2010-2014)
Many thanks to all the people who have contributed to Pallimed since 2005:

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Updated January 25, 2015

by Christian Sinclair ·

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

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This blog is a labor of love whose only mission is educational. Its content is strictly the work of its authors and has no affiliation with or support from any organization or institution. All opinions expressed on this blog are solely those of its authors and do not reflect the opinions of the following organizations or any affiliates:

  • Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Froedtert Hospital
  • 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
  • KLXmedia
  • Journal of Palliative Medicine


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Wednesday, March 23, 2005 by Christian Sinclair ·


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Street Team

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Volunteers Needed

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Wanna Write?

(updated Apr 2019 - Ed.)

Thanks for your interest in writing for Pallimed. We are always on the lookout for palliative care clinicians who want to help analyze, understand or comment on important news, media and research relevant to our field. Pallimed is one of the leading voices in digital media for hospice and palliative care and we reach over 65,000 people with our Pallimed Network over multiple platforms. Please make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Our writing style is what some might call 'casual academic.' We do the research and the background digging so you get the practical knowledge you can use in the field. We are open to your suggestions for topics of interest, and occasionally request articles from our group of writers.

When you have read all of this and written a post, then submit your article here!

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 nearly 60,000 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?

  • A strong foundation of hospice and palliative medicine ideas, themes, and knowledge.
  • Experience as a healthcare 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 may be helpful:
  • 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/ghostwritten articles (please stop emailing!)
- Product/book reviews by outside writers
- Very specific stories about one case and what it meant to you as a clinician

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!  Download our Pallimed Writing Guidelines for details.

If you want to pitch something before you writ, email with PITCH in the subject line.

If you know what you want to write, or have already written it, then submit it here!

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by Christian Sinclair ·

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Submit a Tip

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

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!

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
What kind of tips are probably not effective?
  • Local media coverage of hospice fundraisers
  • Press releases
  • Product placement or promotion material
  • Link exchanges requests submitted as tips
Pallimed is reader supported by your comments and by your tips.  Many of the great posts you have read here started as a tip from a reader.

by Christian Sinclair ·


On June 8th, 2005 Drew wrote a simple 86 word post on 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:

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 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)
Month reaching # of subscribers (Email + RSS + Twitter):
10: Oct 2006
100: April 2007
500: March 2008
1000: December 2008
2000: May 2009
3000: June 2010

2005-6: 204
2006-7: 152
2007-8: 131
2008-9: 277
2009-10: 194

Approximate # of website hits per year:

2005-6: 900
2006-7: 16,000
2007-8: 42,000
2008-9: 105,000
2009-10: 116,000
Approximate # of website pageviews per year: (coming April 2011)
(This post is a mix of original content and content form all of the anniversary posts)

by Christian Sinclair ·

About Us

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)

See our list of contributors here

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Contact Us

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.

Name Email Twitter
Christian Sinclair @ctsinclair
Drew Rosielle Coming soon @drosielle
Lyle Fettig Coming soon @lfettig
Thomas Quinn Coming soon @tquinn152
Suzana Makowski Coming soon @suzanakm
Holly Yang Coming soon @hollyby
Dale Lupu Coming soon @dalelupu
Brian McMichael Coming soon @brimcmike

by Christian Sinclair ·

Tuesday, March 15, 2005


Links - Blogs/Other Important Sites

Tuesday, March 15, 2005 by Christian Sinclair ·

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