Why Blog?

Welcome to FutureDocs Blog, dedicated to medical education news and policy as well as career advising. I started on Twitter on Jan 1 2009 and decided if I made it a year I would launch a blog… (so I am a tweeter turned blogger and not the other way around interestingly).

Why blog?

I am interested in spreading the word about medical education and dispelling myths. I routinely come across nonmedical people who are very confused by our system – is a medical student a doctor? is a resident a medical student? Why do residents work such long hours?

Interestingly, I also run into students and residents who are confused by the system – especially the payment system but also what academic faculty even do when they “leave rounds”, why is all of their training in the hospital when most of medicine is outpatient? The list goes on here… These are just a few of the questions I hope to answer.

Why now?

With the possibility of healthcare reform, increasing competition for residency positions, decisions regarding duty hours looming, the time for dialogue is now!

How often?

I am nervous about starting something I can’t keep up with – so I have set the goal for 2 posts per month. Let’s see how this goes and then I can reassess.

16 responses

8 02 2010
Mike Cadogan

Congratulations on making the transition form 140 characters
Always a big step, but well worth the effort.
With your tweeting prowess I would think you will easily surpass your 2 posts a month target…
Good luck with your blogging endeavors – the MedBlogosphere is a very friendly place

@sandnsurf

8 02 2010
Blausen Group

Congratulations @futuredocs and good luck on communicating your excellent tweets into a blog about medical education thoughts, news, policy changes, with tips for medical trainees medical education. We’ll be listening.

Blausen Group
@blausengroup

8 02 2010
Tweets that mention Why Blog? « FutureDocs -- Topsy.com

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Vinny Arora, sandnsurf, rlbates, Katherine Chretien , Katherine Chretien and others. Katherine Chretien said: RT @FutureDocs: Taking the plunge & started new blog for #meded thoughts, news, & tips 4 trainees http://futuredoctors.wordpress.com/why-blog/ [...]

8 02 2010
Dr. Ruth

Congrats on launching your blog! I am an ob/gyn in California and am interested in med student education.

23 02 2010
iAppledene

Awesome! I love it!

7 06 2010
Michael Eliastam

I get your blog at my professional email site, m.eliastam@saba.edu…Would you mind telling me if this is good blog software for a beginner? I want to start my own personal blog, but would also like to post links to good articles, and pictures etc. Does it work for that or do I need a web site?

7 06 2010
futuredocs

hi Michael, its wordpress.com and it works for me – does not have a ton of bells and whistles but good for beginners. happy blogging. vinny

7 06 2010
Mike Cadogan

I love WordPress blogging.
I find the wordpress.com easier than wordpress.org and am really looking forward to the WP 3.0 coming out very soon…this will make it even easier for beginners to handle the WordPress framework.
Happy blogging

22 06 2010
Crispin Kelley

Congratulations on making the transition form 140 charactersAlways a big step, but well worth the effort.With your tweeting prowess I would think you will easily surpass your 2 posts a month target…Good luck with your blogging endeavors – the MedBlogosphere is a very friendly place
+1

1 07 2010
Bernelle

Congratulations on making the transition form 140 charactersAlways a big step, but well worth the effort.With your tweeting prowess I would think you will easily surpass your 2 posts a month target…Good luck with your blogging endeavors – the MedBlogosphere is a very friendly place
+1

19 12 2010
dog grooming

Random question: I know you are using WordPress for this blog, but have you tried any other platforms? I am trying to decide whether to use WordPress or BlogEngine and I ask because I like yours.

17 03 2011
Casey

Hi Vinny,

I really like your blog. I’d like to gauge your interest on perhaps becoming a contributor for our website, http://www.careerphysician.com, in the E-Learning section. Our website is dedicated to helping residents and fellows on their career journey, which ties in nice with your current website. Please email me if you are interested! We would love to have you!

10 03 2012
Michael Corrao

Hi,

My name is Mike Corrao, and I’m the owner of MCAT Question of the Day, a free resource for pre-med students that prepares them for the MCAT one question at a time. In addition to MCAT questions, we also have an MCAT Wisdom section which features articles pertaining to test-taking strategies, pre-med life, etc.

In an effort to expand our site’s offering to pre-med students, we’re building this cool new feature called the Pre-Med Magazine, which is basically an online magazine that will be distributed to our mailing list and will be publicized (hopefully) around campuses and such. I was trying to find a great way to organize our Wisdom articles into an easy-to-consume format, and I feel like this may be it.

My question to you is: would you like to be a part of the first issue? I’d love to have you in it, as I’ve been reading you blog for quite some time now!

Let me know, I’d be really excited to work with you!

Thanks,

Michael Corrao
http://mcatquestionoftheday.com
michaelcorrao@ufl.edu

15 04 2012
Alec

Hey Vineet,

My name is Alec, a co-founder of MCAT Question a Day (http://www.mcatquestion.com) which has been serving free practice questions to premeds since 2008. Recently we launched a blog to provide an additional level of support for premeds. I’ve browsed your blog and think your perspective would be really great for our students.

We’ve thought of a few ways we could work together including a link exchange, us reposting some of your blog posts with reference to your blog, you reposting some of ours with reference to our blog, or even you coming on as a guest contributor and discussing a new topic. In the last scenario we’d simply ask you add a link to our site on your blog as a resource or otherwise write up a quick post about us.

Please let me know if this is something you’re interested in or any other ideas you might have for collaboration. I look forward to working with you!

Best,
Alec Lee
Co-Founder MCAT Question a Day

20 04 2012
Personal vs. Professional: How Doctors Manage Their Social Media Profiles « Science Life Blog « University of Chicago Medicine

[...] called FutureDocs and runs a lively Twitter account (@FutureDocs). She’s written about why she started blogging and how social media has helped advance her career, and said in our interview, “My main [...]

14 01 2013
Shirie Leng, MD

Great! Welcome to the Blogosphere. I blog on similar subjects. Maybe we can guest post for each other… check me out at medicineforreal.wordpress.com and I’ll follow you too.
Shirie Leng, MD

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