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The public space is where knowledge, information and conversation now collide.  It’s where we should be.  The evolution of our profession in a networked world must involve attention to how we think and share in the great wide open.

In fact, a defining feature of a leader in the digital age will be the capacity and will to look beyond what they can see and touch.

(This is my first stab at a graphiquote (not sure what you call this…just made it up).  We’ll see how it takes.  Feel free to share and share alike.)


What is Content?

April 9, 2014

ContentThe word content is used a lot surrounding online communication.  A colleague recently asked me to define content.  After thinking about it, here’s what I came up with:

Content is retrievable information that can be consumed.  It’s stuff that can be heard, seen, shared, curated and commented upon.

Content is a human creation, something translated from the realm of the mind into some tangible form.  This could be an idea shaped into a piece of writing or a scene uniquely captured as an image or video.  The subjective process of translation is how the view of the mind’s eye becomes content.

Content is important because it positions us in an information world.  It’s our real estate on the information landscape.  Increasingly, our content defines us.

Lee Odden has curated a nice list of content definitions that you might find helpful.

What is content to you?  And how should my definition be adjusted?


Worms and The Huffington Post

March 28, 2014

This Huffington Post on worms is interesting.  Even if you’re not into parasites, it’s worth thinking about.  Written by Baylor College of Medicine’s Peter Hotez, it showcases how physicians can and should translate what they know for general consumption. As the founder of one of the country’s most prestigious schools of tropical medicine, Dr. Hotez is […]

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Context Collapse and the Public Physician

March 27, 2014

It used to be clear where we were.  When we were in a patient room we carried ourselves one way.  In church or temple, we behaved a different way.  With old friends and family, the limitations and boundaries were different. How we should be has traditionally been defined by where we were and who we […]

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The Value of Sharing Links We Haven’t Read

March 15, 2014

Try this experiment: Take a impactful message from a source, boil it down to 140 characters, then share it on Twitter with a broken link.  Lots of folks will  share your link. Sharing unseen links is a new kind of exhibitionism that’s had a lot of play recently.  It’s an interesting phenomenon.  But I wonder […]

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Can Online Identity Shape IRL Presence?

March 12, 2014

I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Jeff Benabio speak at SXSW. Here’s how he opened:  “By day I work with Kaiser Permanente; by night I’m @dermdoc.” I’ve introduced myself the same way many times.  Tongue-in-cheek, we play our digital presence as some other part of ourselves.  A space and identity separate and distinct […]

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ReelDx – Video Learning for the Digital Age

March 10, 2014

We’re excited to have ReelDx as a sponsor of 33 charts. I remember as a pediatric resident studying the famed Zitelli Atlas of Pediatric Diagnosis to understand how disease looked.  Rashes and physical findings were best understood visually. We still learn by seeing.  But what we look at has evolved.  New, networked media represent the […]

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You Have an Audience

March 6, 2014

I’ve been thinking a lot about audiences recently. When I mention ‘audience‘ in posts or presentations I’ve received subtle push back.  Perhaps it’s the word.  Docs aren’t supposed to create for an audience.  We’re not showmen.  And for the better part of history, we were trained to sit in the audience and watch.  But the […]

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Mama Doc Medicine Microreview

March 3, 2014

I’m thrilled to announce the release of Mama Doc Medicine – Finding Calm and Confidence in Parenting, Child Health, and Work-Life Balance  (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014) by Wendy Sue Swanson, MD. Here’s what you need to know about Mama Doc Medicine in under two minutes: Who is Mama Doc?  Wendy Sue Swanson, noted creator of […]

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Cute Doximity Warnings

March 3, 2014

While it doesn’t happen very often, things can get hung up on Doximity. Very clever.

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