Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds is the weekly summary of the best healthcare writing online, featuring stories, opinion and analysis from doctors, nurses, patients, researchers and administrators, as well as journalists. Each Tuesday, a different blogger takes the helm, publishing a new edition of Grand Rounds on their site. Each edition features the host’s picks for the ten best healthcare links of the week.

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Grand Rounds Submission Guidelines

Submitting your blog post to Grand Rounds is as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Go to the Grand Rounds calendar and locate the host blog for the upcoming edition.
  2. Click on the host’s link and read their instructions for submitting your post. Their instructions are usually listed in a recent blog post.
  3. Email the host prior to their deadline (usually Sunday night before the Tuesday Grand Rounds). Include the URL of your blog post, your blog name, and your blog’s URL in your email. Put “Grand Rounds Submission” in the title of your email.

What kind of blog posts are appropriate for submission to Grand Rounds?

Anything with a health or healthcare theme. Suggestions include:

  • Patient encounters — something that made you laugh, cry, or gaze into the abyss
  • A profile of someone in medicine
  • Medical education — experiences, insight, generalizations
  • Implications of a new basic science discovery
  • Commentary on a new study — what it means for patients and practitioners
    • why this new test / device / pill will save us / bankrupt us / kill us in our sleep
  • Commentary on health care delivery
    • an experience you’ve had with a limitation or success of the system
    • your theories about what would improve access, outcomes
    • something new and interesting about insurance, malpractice, regulations
    • drug companies, and why they’re so evil and / or saving lives
    • why recent data about health care is all wrong / fine as is / not discouraging enough


  • One entry per blogger
  • Recent posts between 400 and 1000 words are preferred
  • Posts are to be written for a general audience (more on this below)

About The Organizers Of Grand Rounds

Val Jones, MD

Val JonesVal Jones, M.D., is the CEO of Better Health, LLC, a medical blogger network and education company. Most recently she was the Senior Medical Director of Revolution Health, a consumer health portal with over 120 million page views per month in its network.

Dr. Jones is the author of the popular blog, “Getting Better with Dr. Val”, which won The Best New Medical Blog award in 2007 and was a finalist in the health policy and ethics category for 2008.

Dr. Jones has been quoted by various major media outlets, including USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and the LA Times. She has been a guest on over 20 different radio shows, and was featured on CBS News. Dr. Jones volunteers as a rehabilitation medicine physician at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and is a graduate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Nick Genes, MD, PhD

Nick GenesNicholas Genes, MD, PhD, is a resident in the Emergency Medicine program at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He received a bachelor’s degree in science from Brown University, where he first developed his interests in medicine, research, and writing. After college, he enrolled in the MD/PhD program at the University of Massachusetts, pursuing a medical degree while studying chondrocyte mechanotransduction in Dr. Charles Vacanti’s laboratory for tissue engineering.

In the course of writing a freelance article, he discovered the world of medical Weblogs, and he has been active in this nascent community ever since. In 2004, he founded “Grand Rounds,” a weekly compilation of the best medical blogs, hosted by a different blogger each week. He writes about that project in a weekly column, “Pre-Rounds,” for the Medscape Med Students site. He also writes regularly on his own blog,, and is a partner in, a blog about emerging medical technologies.