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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Writing a Conference Review for Pallimed

by Christian Sinclair

Since it is impossible for someone to get to every conference, we try and make sure that the high points and unique aspects of key conferences in hospice and palliative care get some coverage.  If you happen to be attending one of these conferences and are interested in contributing to our conference coverage, we would like to share a little bit more about the process and hope you will considering signing up to write a review.

Why write a review?
We hope you are willing to share what you learned with at least your colleagues who stayed home to cover work while you attended. And if you are going to share information with them, why not polish it a bit more and share  Posts on Pallimed have the potential to reach tens of thousands of people based on our reach on various social media platforms. You can make an impact with just a little bit of effort.

Points to consider
First, we are primarily looking for writers who are also clinicians in hospice or palliative care. This site is primarily written by clinicians for clinicians, and that is the majority of our audience. Patients, caregivers and advocates are also welcome to submit as we value their unique perspective. If you are directly involved with the conference, we ask that you work to find another attendee to help ensure a more neutral tone.

Second, please go read some of our other conference reviews to get an idea of what we are looking for (length, tone, points covered, etc.). Your review doesn't have to follow the same format, but it might help give you an idea of what works best.

Third, you do not have to be a natural writer. Our editors will help craft your writing if you have any major concerns.

Now that you are excited about doing this, a few details:
  • Usually open to two writers per conference
  • 400-1200 words (may be split into multiple posts at editor's discretion)
  • Needs to be submitted within 72 hours after the conference ends (the quicker it is up the better)
  • There is no direct compensation at this time
We hope you are interested! If so, please fill out the form below!

Christian Sinclair, MD, FAAHPM is the editor of Pallimed and a palliative care physician in Kansas City.

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