July, 2008 Archive

July 31, 2008, 7:19 pm

The Miracle of the Pan-Mass Challenge

It’s happening this weekend.

The 2008 Pan-Mass Challenge.

What it is:

The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge raises money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through an annual bike-a-thon that crosses the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Why I’m involved:

This is Dr. Sam Blackman, and with him is Miss Rebecca Hopkins.

We know Sam as Blog, MD.

Rebecca knows Sam because he is her oncologist.

Every year, Sam rides in the Pan-Mass Challenge to raise funds for pediatric oncology research. It’s a cause I have been honored to support since Sam first emailed me about it a few years ago.

This year, Sam won’t be riding. He has a new location and a new job in cancer drug development.

But Rebecca will be riding in his place, in memory of and for his patients.

Sam recently gave a talk at the Pan-Mass Heavy Hitter banquet.

I suggest you get a cup of coffee and your Kleenex while you watch the presentation.

2008 PMC Heavy Hitter Banquet Talk: Dr. Sam Blackman

And when you are done, go to Rebecca’s site and send in a donation.

I did it for my nephew, who is being treated for leukemia.

We might not be able to ride, but we can make a difference by supporting those who do.


An original post from www.emergiblog.com.

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July 30, 2008, 11:17 am

Grand Rounds: Hello and Goodbye

A clever ad, and absolutely true if you are a physician or medical student. You really do “bet your youth” during the years and struggles of a medical education.

So, it’s not surprising that Dr. Edwin at edwinleap.com chose “Why Do We Do It?” as the theme for his first stint at hosting Grand Rounds.

Edwin struck a chord, as many responded to his question. He even found a way to include non-bloggers in the responses.

A great, inspirational edition! (PS – check out the entire site, the blog is just one section!)


Grand Rounds will be undergoing some changes after almost four years of providing a place for med bloggers to meet and exchange ideas. Oh, the ’rounds aren’t going anywhere, but they will be under new “management”.

Nick Genes, the Father of Grand Rounds and blogger at Blogborygmi will be stepping down as the organizer as of this edition. Many thanks to Nick for the hard work and dedication it took to establish (and keep) what has now become a blogosphere tradition for all (and Tuesday morning latte time for me!)


But have no fear! Grand Rounds will be in the capable hands of Colin at Medskool and Dr. Val at Revolution Health. The Grand Rounds schedule can be found here.

Good luck to our two new go-to bloggers.

Nick is leaving Grand Rounds in good hands!


An original post from www.emergiblog.com

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July 26, 2008, 2:58 pm

Paging Richard Simmons!

Okay, I will admit it.

I love Richard Simmons.

I get a kick out of him.

His aerobic videos are great. Back in the old Deal-a-Meal days I lost 25 pounds in 20 weeks.

I’m not even dieting and I belong to his website

I wish he had a “Blogging to the Oldies”.

Because the truth of the matter is that Emergiblog got FAT!


On some modems it was taking 2.5 minutes to load the site.

Heck, that’s about how long it took to load websites back in the days of 2400 baud, circa 1994.



So…Shane is doing some behind the scenes work to give Emergiblog a waistline again.

One of those things was to move my rather extensive BlogRoll to its own page.

You can see it at the top, on the button bar.

It’s still in progress, so while it seems like entire sections were cut, they are just waiting in queue to be moved over.

I loves me my BlogRoll and I think it looks great on it’s own page.


Many thanks to Shane (as usual) for being the brains behind the blog helping me get Emergiblog back to a size 10.

Now if I can just get Richard to help me do the same…

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My name is Kim, and I'm a nurse in the San Francisco Bay area. I've been a nurse for 33 years; I graduated in 1978 with my ADN. My experience is predominately Emergency and Critical Care, and I have also worked in Psychiatry and Pediatrics. I made the decision to be a nurse back in 1966 at the age of nine...

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