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Nurse Ratched’s Place At Blog World Expo

Dr.-A2What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas? I think not. It ends up on YouTube. Case in point. You must be careful when you are around Dr. Anonymous. He has a video camera, and he’s not afraid to use it. You’ve been warned.

The first med blogger track at BlogWorld/New Media Expo 09 was a wonderful experience. I want to thank Johnson and Johnson and Medpage Today for their sponsorship. I also want to thank Kim at Emergiblog and Dr. Val at Better Health for all their hard work. Kim knocked on doors and got things rolling, and Val help put the panels together. This shindig would not have gotten off the ground without YOU!

gun2I don’t know where to begin. Going to Las Vegas is like dropping in on another planet. It’s filled with a lot of stuff that can get you into trouble like slot machines, Elvis wedding chapels, and machineguns. No, that’s not a typo. I said machineguns. This is the first sign that I saw when I stepped off the plane when I landed in Las Vegas. It’s an ad for a Las Vegas shooting range where you can fire off a few rounds when you get into town. Whatever happened to the days of innocence when the most exciting thing you could do while you were in Las Vegas was get drunk, marry someone you didn’t know, and go see a Wayne Newton show? I got worried when I saw this sign, but then I thought what could happen at a blogger convention. After all, I was going to be surrounded by computer geeks and responsible health care professionals like GruntDoc and Dr. Wes. Right? Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Nurse Ratched's Place*

ABC News Covers Medblogger Track At Blog World Expo

My friend and morning ABC anchor, Dave Lucas, is tired of all the false health information that fills his email inbox each day. He’s very relieved that there are physicians, nurses, and patient advocates “swimming against the tide” of pseudoscience and misleading health information online. Today Dave and I discussed how people can find accurate and potentially life-saving health information through peer-reviewed medical blogs, thanks to the health blogger code of ethics (administered by MedPage Today).

Nurse Kim At Blog World Expo

meandhughFirst day of the general BlogWorld sessions and as usual, I came away with renewed energy, a plethora of ideas and a dramatically decreased bank account! No, not on gambling – I hit the Barnes & Noble on-site kiosk.

God, I love books!

But the highlight of the day? I met my Blogfather! Meet Hugh Hewitt, talk show host extraordinaire! I think if you did a “paternity” test on every blog online today,  75% of them would be related, in some way, to Hugh’s influence.

Blog World CEO Rick Calvert was interviewed by Hugh, and he mentioned the medblogger track! Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Emergiblog*

Autograph Quilt: Door Prize For Medbloggers At Blog World Expo 2009

As promised last week, here’s the autograph quilt for BWE.  The quilt is going to be used as a door prize.  It has 64 white spaces for attendee’s autograph (name and blog title).  I used batiks in blue, green, and brown shades.  The quilt is machine pieced and quilted.  It is 43 in square.

Here you can see some of the fabrics used. Read more »

*This blog post was originally published at Suture for a Living*

Medbloggers & Fans: Join Us In Las Vegas, October 15

fastandfuriousOkay, I know this photo has nothing to do with BlogWorld/New Media Expo 09, but it is so cute I had to use it.

Besides there is no Nascar this week, so I had to get my fix somehow.

And I was up all yesterday blogging “fast and furryest”, emailing right and left, Tweeting the Good Tweet and generally spreading the the word about the Medblogger track.

Just in case someone missed the message! : )

Time has just flown by and what once was nine months out, then six months out and then four months out has come down to less than seven weeks.



I am now blogging over at the BWE blog, as are all the panelists for the Medblogger track.  My first post is here.  Comments welcome!



There is the official logo.

If you have been on the fence about attending, it is not too late. The majority of those who register for BlogWord do so by the third week in September. Details are here, with links to registration.

The discount codes are still in effect.  The discounted rooms at the Venetian are still available.

Come for the day or stay for the weekend.  You can basically choose what you want, smorgasbord-style. I would suggest the whole weekend, though.  While the first day is all medblogger, the rest of the weekend will take you through the meat-and-potatoes of the art of blogging.

And, chances are, if you have a favorite non-med blogger that you follow, they will be there.

Any questions, any problems – email me.  I will either answer them or hook you up with someone who can.

This will be informative, educational….and a downright blast!

Hope to see you there!

*This blog post was originally published at Emergiblog*

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