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2012 was a record year for doc2doc in many respects. We have had an unprecedented amount of new members, posts, poll votes and recommends. On behalf of the doc2doc team and the BMJ Group –we would like to say a huge thank you for your excellent posts!
What have been the highlights? I suppose it’s objective but as community manager, I would like to point out some general highlights from the year.
Firstly, who could forget the London Olympics and Paralympics! Whilst there was pre-games pessimism, once the opening ceremony had begun most of us were simply hooked. We had several discussions including are athletes superhuman and do paralympians with prosthetic limbs have an unfair advantage? This year will also be remembered for the Fabrice Muamba incident and subsequent discussion, and input we had from a football team doctor about screening players for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Another memorable discussion was Was it wrong to use medical care as a reason to track down Bin Laden? This was a very important issue where politics and medicine intersected. Was this ruse justified and has it jeopardised the validity of future vaccination programmes? This discussion was also picked up by BBC World Service, where our very own Duane argued that this was justified.
The BMJ ran some interesting articles and debates this year which doc2doc reflected. Notably the article stating that doctors should take a neutral stance on assisted dying. The Student BMJ discussion about whether it is acceptable to prostitute yourself to pay your medical school tuition fees was also an electric debate. This year we also covered whether doctors were justified in striking over their pensions.
As always we have a lot of lively debates about medical ethics and spirituality. We had a discussion about patients who believe in karma, parents who believe in divine intervention, should Christian healthcare workers be allowed to wear a cross and is it ethical to stunt the growth of a severely disabled child?
However, the top discussion of the year was Does it matter which medical school you go to? This is of course a topic that everyone has an opinion on and achieved nearly 12,000 views and 900 poll votes.
You can read more about the most popular clinical discussions in doc2doc’s clinical champions’ favourite discussions of 2012. Below are the highest ranking discussions on doc2doc, with the number of views and replies factored in. Of course, this is just one way of looking at the impact of discussions, and I would encourage you all to post below the discussions that had the biggest impact on you below.
Most viewed (overall)
Most commented (overall)
Most viewed and commented - General Clinical
Most viewed blogs1. Should Doctors Marry Doctors?
2. A medical student's dirty little secret
3. Learning from Keith Richards’ fingers
4. When a Doctor Becomes a Patient
5. Primary Care in Europe: Entering the Age of Austerity
6. What should a doctor look like?
7. Are You Watching 'Junior Doctors: Your Lives in Their Hands'?
8. Arrogance and trivia: what are we teaching medical students?
9. 10 Things I Love About My Patients
10. Mrs B gets her Personal Health Budget, post NHS Health and Social Care Bill
11. A doctor’s letter to a patient with newly diagnosed cancer
12. The Affordable Care Act Explained: The Need for Health Reform in the U.S.
13. Memory Games
14. Movember's take on prostate cancer and PSAg testing
15. Medical Education in Cuba
Most viewed clinical champions blogs
Please post below if you think we have missed any!
Happy Christmas and hope you have a great 2013
mbillingsley and luisad