Kudos to Nick and the whole Medical Blog world for thinking up (and even more important, actually doing) the idea of Medical Blog Grand Rounds (here's the most recent installment). Basically, each week the writers of Medical Blogs around the net send in their submissions of thier best posts in the last week and a rotating team of bloggers edits them into a tasty smorgasboard of medical blog deliciousness. It's really quite compelling.
So, I got to thinking (always dangerous)...I've always been looking for a way to support the medical bloggers out there and the best thing I can offer is "flow." I've never been able to quite figure out how to best create that flow of people from Medscape to individual blogs, but this is a real obvious opportunity.
I've been corresponding with Nick about republishing the Grand Rounds on Medscape each week, where we have the large amount of medical professionals coming to find out what's going on in the world of medicine every day. We're sensitive to not stealing the thunder of the medical bloggers who are putting in time to author and host these Grand Rounds, so here's a thought.
The Grand Rounds authors continue to rotate and do their normal thing, posting on Tuesday. Medscape won't "re-post" until Thursday and we'll put a line at the top of the article that says something like, "This week's Grand Rounds is moderated by Nicholas Genes at Blogborygmi", plus the writer gets an author's byline on Medscape.
I think that should allow the Grand Round authors/hosters to benefit both the initial rush that will come from docs and lay readers who are already tuned into the blog world, while still reaping the benefit of exposing Grand Rounds to the huge universe of people who still have no idea of all the good stuff that's out there. For Medscape, it's a great way to point at the best content out in the medical blogosphere while supporting some of our most forward looking members.
Jacob has also offered to republish Grand Rounds on his incredibly useful Medlogs.com aggregator. That makes perfect sense as well. I think something this valuable should be whereever potential readers are.
Yes? No? Maybe So? Comments?