Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Physicians and Blogging

Recently I came across this simple piece of advice in an infographic on OnStartups

"To be understood write a Blog, to be ignored write a Business Plan". A simple way to explain why blogging is and will be around.

A blog is basically an online journal wherein you can digitally pen down your thoughts, ideas, opinions and practically anything that you want people to read.

Like a journal, one can write their daily adventures, sentiments, and whatever ideas they want to express online.

Blogs are not a "one size fit all" concept, its more of a "This is what I feel" concept.. Given that, its no surprise that Blogs come in different types, styles and formats depending on the author/s.

Some bloggers write personal stories, some share poems, while some talk about their thoughts and ideas. Some share images, videos and audio, while some are simple text.
Instead of writing texts, some bloggers choose to make their blogs more audio friendly, by publishing their ideas as audio podcasts. This is called audio blogging.

So why should a Physican blog? What can a Physician Blog about ?

Physicians as professionals, learn something unique and interesting everyday. They should blog because they have experiences which are fascinating and stories which are unique; that people want to hear. They should blog so that medical students and the younger upcoming physicians learn from their experiences. They should blog because if they don't, they will be wasting an opportunity that is available today to archive the information they possess.
A Physician can blog to educate, to share their vision, to market themselves and their practices, or simply show that they have a human side ...

A Blog can help you build a physicians online presence faster than any other method today. Its the natural extension to a website and due to its sticky nature, helps create an engaging presence

A Few Popular Blogs by Physicians (Just a few  from then ones we read regularly)

Feel free to post your blogs in the comments sections below.
If you'd need any help setting up blogs for yourself, please let us know. We'll be Happy to Help

Happy #hcsm via @TechnicalDr and @nrip


Anonymous said...

These are all great points. And thanks for the list of physician bloggers. It is also great to follow these same docs on Twitter as well. I have put together physicians I follow on Twitter into a daily publication. You can follow it here:

Nrip Nihalani said...

Glad you found the article of use. You can follow me on twitter @nrip as well as subscribe to my Curated Paper at for the best articles, news and conversations on healthcare, healthIT and social media use in Healthcare

Kara Nance, MD FACP said...

Great post. I'm a primary care doctor that just started blogging one year ago at The impact on my practice has been incredible. Just last week a new patient was having her vitals taken before I met her and I walked by the triage area. The patient's face just lit up when she saw me and she burst out, "Hi, Dr. Nance!" Later in the room she needlessly apologized for her exuberant response explaining, I forgot you didn't know me yet. I feel like I've known you forever after reading your blog!"

As physicians we sometimes forget about the "pedestal" patients place their physicians on. By blogging we humanize ourselves, and accelerate the critical connection that needs to be formed between the doctor and patient.

Nrip Nihalani said...

Thanks for commenting and sharing your story Kara.

Congratulations on a fantastic blog. I am going to add it to my Feed Reader. Keep up the consistent writing :)...

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Luke20 said...

Many physicians have discovered that blogging is a great way to build community with others in healthcare, share their opinions and successes.

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