MedWorm Associates are people who have shown support for MedWorm and have one uniting objective - to promote the use of RSS amongst physicians and those in medical research. You can read more about what is involved in being a MedWorm Associate below.
Dr Bruce A. Friedman - MedWorm Associate for Pathology
Professor of Pathology, MD
Bruce is one of the world's leading experts in the field of pathology and laboratory informatics. He serves as Active Emeritus Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of Michigan Medical School, and Director of the Pathology Education Consortium. Bruce was of one of the two founding presidents of the Association for Pathology Informatics (API), the only professional society dedicated solely to pathology informatics, who named him an Honorary Fellow for lifetime achievement in the field, and also received a lifetime achievement award at the first World Congress on Pathology Informatics that was held in Brisbane in 2007. He is founder of the annual clinical lab software conference, Lab InfoTech Summit (previously known as AIMCL), which has now been running 25 years, has some 90 scientific articles, book chapters and abstracts to his name, and is author of a well-known clinical laboratory blog:
- Lab Soft News - An Idea Factory for Pathology Informatics and the Clinical Laboratory.
- Lab InfoTech Summit - An annual conference of Laboratory Information Management, next to be held in Las Vegas, April 9-11, 2008.
Dr Christian Veillette - MedWorm Associate for Orthopaedics
Orthopaedic Surgeon, MD, FRCS(C), MSc, BSc(Hon)
Christian is an orthopaedic surgeon at the University Health Network , Toronto, with subspecialty interest in shoulder and elbow reconstructive surgery. He is also Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto with academic interests in medical informatics, Deputy Editor of Information and Communication Technology for the journal 'Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research', and a director of the Internet Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Trauma. Christian is involved in a number of internet projects, including Director/Co-Developer of Orthogate Portal and Deputy Editor and Director of Technology for Orthopaedic Web Links:
- Orthogate Portal - an orthopaedic portal that provides the oldest global orthopaedic mailing lists, the most active orthopaedic surgery education forum, multimedia guides for patient & surgeon education.
- Orthopaedic Web Links - the largest collection of peer-reviewed orthopaedic resources on the Internet.
- Orthopaedia - A Collaborative Orthopaedic Knowledgebase
- OSTEON - Orthopaedic Surgery & Trauma Education On-line Network
- ThinResidency - A Web-based Residency Management System.
Christian is active in the education of RSS amongst orthopaedic surgeons and residents and wrote and excellent article 'IT - Staying Up To Date – Using Google Reader and RSS Feeds' that can be seen on the the Canadian Orthopaedic Association website.
Dr Gareth Furber - MedWorm Associate for Psychology
Psychologist, BPsych (Hons), PhD (Clinical Psychology)
Gareth is a research manager and clinician at a child and adolescent mental health research and evaluation unit based in Adelaide, Australia. He currently runs two psychology blogs and a psychology and health forum serving his local area:
- PsychSplash - an ongoing commentary and showcase of interesting, innovative and practical psychology websites and resources.
- PsychAntenna - focusing specifically on RSS for psychologists.
- Psychology and Health Forum - Networking and learning for psychologists, therapists, counselors, students and researchers in South Australia.
"I have a strong interest in the web and how it can be used to assist Psychologists in their professional development. I am particularly keen on educating health professional (particularly psychologists) about RSS (Really Simple Syndication) and how it can be used to create personalized news services. I got involved with MedWorm because of Jamila's commitment to providing health professionals with a powerful tool for finding and managing health and medical-related RSS feeds. I look forward to providing input on the further development of MedWorm with a particular focus on the Psychology side of things."
Dr Uri Ginzburg - MedWorm Associate for Pediatrics
Pediatrician, MD, MBA ,LLB
Uri is a pediatrician in a private outpatient clinic based in Israel as well as an intern in a leading law firm. He is also an entrepreneur in the Web 2.0 and Health 2.0 sectors. He is Co-Founder of Medical 2.0.com and writes a successful blog:
- Medical 2.0.com - a directory dedicated to the world of the Web and medicine.
- Medical 2.0 Blog - a gateway for the current edge of Web and medicine.
Alvaro Fernandez - MedWorm Associate for Health, Medicine and and Bioethics Commentators
Applied Neuroscience and Brain Fitness Thought-Leader, MBA, MA
Alvaro is Co-Founder and CEO of SharpBrains, which he launched together with neuroscientist Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg. He has been frequently quoted as a leading voice and thought-leader in the growing science-based brain fitness market, co- authored the pioneering Brain Fitness 101: Answers to your Top 25 Questions eBook, presented at multiple conferences and universities and teaches The Science of Brain Health and Brain Fitness at SFSU and UC-Berkeley Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Previously he led the launch and turnaround of several publishing and education companies in both the US and Europe.
- Sharp Brains - Promoting science-based cognitive training, recommended by Newsweek, your window into the emerging field of Brain Fitness, its implications for Health & Wellness, Education, Leadership, and more. Includes interviews with cutting-edge neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists.
David Rothman - MedWorm Associate for Medical Databases and Libraries
Information Services Specialist
David currently runs the Community General Hospital Medical Library in Syracuse, NY (U.S.) and is a true ambassador of RSS and Web technologies amongst librarians. He writes a very successful blog, is co-creator of a librarian version of MedWorm called LibWorm, has several publications to his name and created the now well known 'MedLib Blog' badge which links medical librarian blogs together via a Wiki page.
- LibWorm - An RSS search engine based on over 1500 RSS feeds relevant to the work of library and information science professionals. MedWorm's sister site.
- davidrothman.net - Exploring Medical Librarianship and Web Geekery.
"RSS is one of the most important things to happen to current awareness services in a very long time. LibWorm was created (and has been subsequently well received by Web-savvy information professionals) because the power of the model was so clearly demonstrated by MedWorm - and Jamila is only just getting started. MedWorm is already my favorite thing anyone has done with medical information and RSS and I'm excited to play any small role in developing it further."
Bertalan Meskó - MedWorm Associate for Genetics
Medical Student with Special Interest in Personalized Genomics
Bertalan is nearing the end of his medical studies at the University of Debrecen in Hungary. His aim is to become a clinical geneticist specialized in personalized genomics. He writes a fantastic blog that makes medicine and genetics interesting to all, for which he has received many recommendations and won weblog awards, as well as maintaining a collection of resources on Medicine 2.0 . In addition he maintains two blog carnivals and writes a Hungarian medical blog:
- Science Roll - A medical student's journey inside genetics and medicine through Web 2.0.
- Gene Gene - The carnival of genes and gene-related diseases.
- Medicine 2.0 Blog Carnival - The carnival of web 2.0 and medicine.
- MedIQ - A Hungarian medical blog.
"I'm pretty sure that web 2.0, the new generation of web services, will play (and already is playing) an important role in the future of medicine and medical education. These web tools, expert-based community sites, medical blogs and wikis can ease the work of physicians, scientists, medical students or medical librarians. As a medical blogger, I believe that the new generation of web services will change the way medicine is practiced and healthcare is delivered. "
Michael Biel - MedWorm Associate for Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathologist, MS
Mike is a speech-language pathologist working in a medical setting, and a student at the University of Pittsburgh working towards a clinical doctorate degree in speech-language pathology. His special interest lies in adult neurogenic communication disorders and using computer and internet technologies to assist in the rehabilitation of individuals with such disorders. He is also a faculty lecturer at California State University as well as a clinical instructor at the University of Pittsburgh. He co-runs a private Wiki for Master's level students in speech pathology and is soon to launch a website focusing on issues related to speech pathology in medical settings.
"RSS has been a great tool for me, both as a student and a clinician. As a clinician it's made staying up to date with various journals I keep track of much easier than getting email alerts. As a student, I've used it to incrementally collect references over time for different projects I have. Fortunately, Jamila has been a great help in creating the Speech-Language Pathology RSS directory. Now I don't have to use other services to filter RSS feeds from different databases."
Dr Jean-François Girmens - MedWorm Associate for Ophthalmology
Jean-François works as an ophthalmologist in Quinze-Vingts Hospital in Paris, with special interests in retinal pathologies and clinical research. He runs two websites for his department, writes a blog and participates in a French wiki about Web 2.0 and medicine. He also has two further projects in the pipeline, one for a patient association and another for a French video portal in Ophthalmology. He has several publications in Ophthalmology to his name.
- Fédération Rétine -'La Fédération Rétine de Paris' - a French site for this association between ophthalmology departments of three Parisians hospitals.
- CIC Quinze-Vingts : Etudes en Cours - A French wiki about ongoing ophthalmology clinical trials in the Quinze-Vingts Hospital in Paris.
- Internet (Web2.0) et Ophtalmologie - Dr Jean-François Girmens' French blog about ophthalmology and Web2.0 technologies.
Aubrey is a physician in the UK, with specialist registration in Pathology. His main clinical and research interest is in skeletal medicine, but as a result of his own experiences with research has developed a broader interest in research ethics and the scientific functioning of the pharmaceutical industry, which he explores in his renowned Scientific Misconduct Blog.
- Scientific Misconduct Blog - About all manner of corporate pharmaceutical scientific misconduct and related curious incidents. If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention.
"This is not the best of times for open discussion of science in medicine. Government and regulatory policies have served to prevent medical professionals and patients from understanding some scientific problems which properly concern them. Discussion in medical journals and the press has sometimes been muted by threats of litigation and advertising revenue. In this milieu, the internet, and blogs have an increasingly important role. "
Dr Karina Descartin - MedWorm Associate for International Medicine and Public Health
Karina is an International Medical Graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health, an M.D. with Post Graduate Internship Work and Studies, and a Philippine Board License in General Medicine.
Karina has participated in medical missions and organized volunteer healthcare activities in The Philippines, in areas ranging from remote mountain barrios to impoverished urban neighborhoods. She currently volunteers at a cancer center in Houston whilst she works towards her medical certification in the US, and continues to study at Rice University on various disciplines including “New Developments in Bioengineering Technology, Ethics & Law,” “Cutting Edge Developments at Texas Heart Institute and Baylor College of Medicine,” and “Documentary Filmmaking.” She is an adjunct professor at a local college.
She has a passion for international medicine, technology, medicine 2.0, research, and global public health. She writes a sensitive blog that covers these topics in a personal manner.
- The Story of Healing - Karina Descartin's journey in life and medicine.
Jeffrey has a solo practice in psychiatry and is Asst Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin where he lectures psychiatry residents and medical students. He writes a column about early-career psychiatry for Psychiatric Times. He is Medical Director of Nova, a residential AODA treatment facility in Wisconsin, and worked for the past two years as a psychiatrist for the Wisconsin Dept of Corrections at a maximum security women’s prison and medium security men’s prison. Jeffrey has a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester, and is Board Certified in both Anesthesiology and Psychiatry. Before becoming a psychiatrist Jeffrey worked for ten years as an anesthesiologist and pain physician. Some of his medical blogs and web sites:
- Fond du Lac Psychiatry - The primary web site of Jeffrey's medical practice.
- Wisconsin Opiate Management Center - The web site of Jeffery's addiction and pain management practice.
- Patient Times - Blog with reflections on psychiatry.
- Suboxone Talk Zone - Blog about the treatment options for opiate dependence
- DSM-V.com - A web page that uses RSS fees from MedWorm to present the latest reports in different areas of psychiatry and neuroscience.
"I first discovered MedWorm a couple years ago and was amazed at the utility of the site for finding and following the latest findings for any area of medicine. Google alerts provides a similar service but the MedWorm is much more transparent and elegant in its simplicity. I am very excited to be a part of MedWorm."
Are you a medical professional with a keen interest in RSS and internet technologies? Maybe you would like to get involved with MedWorm and join a growing body of MedWorm Associates?
MedWorm Associates are people who are happy to endorse MedWorm for use in their own area of expertise and are keen to find ways in which we might work together to promote the use of RSS among medical professionals.
All MedWorm Associates will have their profile and details of their own website(s) listed on MedWorm, should they wish. MedWorm now receives over 4000 visitors each day (not including feed subscribers, a further 6000) so this would be a good opportunity for associates to get greater exposure to their own sites.
The MedWorm Associate role includes:
1. Keeping an eye on their specialty in MedWorm, by looking through the feeds that are listed in that specialty, asking for feeds to be removed from that specialty when they are not appropriate and making suggestions for new feeds (eg. any major publications that are missing or medical associations).
2. Commenting on items in their specialty, thus stimulating MedWorm discussions. Associates should aim to make one comment per month.
3. Making suggestions on ways to further develop MedWorm and work in partnership with other sites, in particular their own site(s).
If you are interested in becoming a MedWorm Associate, please get in touch using the form below.
(It doesn't cost anything and all you need is enthusiasm!)