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From Twitter to the New York Times

I have many reasons to use Twitter. One of them is that it’s quite easy to get feedback from doctors who also use Twitter for communication. Now one of my stories was featured in the New York Times.

Some people are even using Twitter for more urgent questions. Bertalan Meskó, a medical student at the University of Debrecen in Hungary, wrote a post about a patient with mysterious symptoms: “Strange case today in internal medicine rotation. 16 years old boy with acute pancreatitis (for the 6th! time). Any ideas?”

Within hours, specialists worldwide had responded, suggesting gallstones, lupus or growths on the pancreas. One of the suggestions helped the doctors with a diagnosis.

“It would have been impossible to find that specialist through e-mail, because we had no idea who to contact,” Mr. Meskó said. Medgadget Weblog Awards Winner!

I’m very proud to announce that won the Best Medical Technology/Informatics category in the prestigious Medgadget Medical Weblog Awards for the second time in a row!

That’s what the editors wrote about me and my blog:

For the second year in a row, Bertalan Meskó’s ScienceRoll is the Best Medical Technologies/Informatics Weblog. This being one of our favorite categories, we’re excited to see our former editor have such success with his own blogging. Berci is a truly unique character. He has wholeheartedly embraced medical technology and is channeling future of medicine through his blog. He also teaches related topics at the University of Debrecen in Hungary. Congrats Berci, this must be like winning two consecutive Olympic gold medals in Nordic combined!

I’m humbled and very happy to  be a part of this huge and prosperous medical blogosphere.

Thank you very much for the 892 votes.

Congratulations for the winners, for the nominees and for the fantastic Medgadget Team.

Finishing Medical School

I think I owe you an explanation why there haven’t been new entries in the last few days. I had to study hard and pass the written and oral state exams. It means, after 6 years of hard work, I finished medical school.

I’ve always wanted to become a researcher and I went to medical school because I wanted to focus on clinical genomics, a field where the medical perspective is really useful. That’s why I will become a PhD student from October instead of residency and my research topic is personalized genetics.

I remember how much I hated anatomy lessons, then pharmacology, but now it’s time to focus on something I plan to dedicate my life to: personalized medicine.

I will get my medical license and diplome on the 19th of September and a new design of will also be installed by that time.


Visual Map of Your Online Presence

Paulo Nuin shared this interesting link today on his Friendfeed account. I’m not sure Personas works perfectly, but shows some useful things about what people can find when they do a search for your name online. You insert your name, then let it visualize everything. In details:

Enter your name, and Personas scours the web for information and attempts to characterize the person – to fit them to a predetermined set of categories that an algorithmic process created from a massive corpus of data. The computational process is visualized with each stage of the analysis, finally resulting in the presentation of a seemingly authoritative personal profile.

personas berci

It turned out my keywords are online, education and medical. Seems to be pretty accurate.

The Next Generation of Doctors: Video

Indu Subaiya from the Health 2.0 conference contacted me this March because they wanted to do some interviews with medical students about the future of medicine. I should have attended the Health 2.0 conference to be able to do the interview, but I had an exam of internal medicine on that very day so we decided to shoot my answers in Budapest and send the tapes to San Francisco. I only saw the short film yesterday. Click on the image if you want to see it.

next generation of doctors

I talked about health 2.0, our Second Life case presentations and other virtual tools. My conclusion was:

It’s not the technology or web 2.0 that will shape the future of medicine, but e-patients will change the way medicine is practised and healthcare is delivered.

I had the same message in my recent presentation:

Scifoo: A visit to the Navigenics HQ

Last weekend, I attended the fantastic Scifoo unconference at the Googleplex (see the Flickr images of Duncan Hull), but one day before the event, I was invited to visit the HQ of Navigenics, one of the most famous direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies. As I just started PhD in the field of personalized genetics and had my genome analyzed by them, I felt like a kid in a candy shop and asked them many questions.

So on Friday, I took the Caltrain and went to Redwood City. Then Julie Lyons drove me to Navigenics HQ.


Here is the official sign of the company.


For some reason, I thought the HQ would be different from an ordinary office, but I realized that’s the only way they can co-ordinate almost 50 people. Genetic counselors, medical doctors, PR people, scientists and the employees reponsible for the online presence of Navigenics. See the Twitter account.


And believe me, being a medical advisor at such a company must be a dream job.


It was a great experience for me to see how such a company operates and I was pleased to see how they treat bloggers and their Twitter followers. More about the topic this week on Scienceroll…

Health 2.0 Conference in Bilbao, Spain

Tomorrow, I will travel to Bilbao, Spain to attend a great Health 2.0 event where I will give a slideshow focusing on the implications of web 2.0 for medical professionals.

Hopefully, I will tweet and blog live about the whole conference on Thursday.

See you soon!


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