+ job supervisors kind enough to realize that this is my summer
= free time to do some tune-ups at blog.vitummedicinus.com.
You may not have noticed all the upgrades, especially if you're reading VM in a RSS reader. In order that you don't have to pore over the blog looking for them like a radiology resident scanning an x-ray film (I had to tie in that photo somehow), here's the improvements listed for you.
- New Blog Header Photo
I had to change it anyways since I grew a year older since I started this blog; but I figured I might as well change the photo to something that actually happened in medical school, rather than something I did during my pre-med years. This photo was taken in a hospital on my cell phone camera when a bunch of us were waiting around for a pediatric clinical skills session to start. My favourite part of it is the subtle tribute to Canadiana - there's a Tim Horton's coffee cup sitting on a table in the photo.
a.k.a. Vitum Posticles Popularis, now available in the right-hand sidebar as an easy springboard for anybody who wants to read the best of VM right away. None of the fluff. Just the top stuff. Favourites include First Post, First Breast Exam, and the Top 10 List Category.
- Feedburner RSS Feeds
By becoming an RSS reader user I developed a lot more respect for those who use RSS readers, especially those who read VM via RSS. I also developed a healthy bit of embarassment at this up-until-now-ignored aspect of my blog, and now that I've delved into the world of RSS I added Feedburner RSS feeds to maximize the functionality of my feeds. Subscribe to Vitum Medicinus via RSS... or get a Feed Reader (Google Reader is great).
For those of you who, like me, are reluctant to jump head-first into RSS without really understanding it, you may prefer to get VM posts e-mailed to you whenever they're written. If so, you can subscribe to VM via e-mail.
- Polls & Poll Results
You can now view all polls that have been hosted at VM, and vote in any of them or check out the results. Jump to polls...
- Grand Rounds Hosted at VM
VM had the privilege of hosting Grand Rounds for the first time; version 3.43 was hosted here on July 17, 2007. Reviews include "best GR in recent memory, there, I posted that for you, now where's my cheque?" and "you put way too much time into this." Jump to GR...
- Post to Facebook, del.ici.ous
For those of you who care about your friends enough to share a VM post with them, you can now post a VM story to Facebook or del.ici.ous thanks to the convenient links at the bottom of each post - whether you're reading it on VM or in RSS.
- New to Medical Blogs? Vitum's Guide for the New Medblog Reader
Okay, this one is kindof just another post on VM, but it's included because it's a tool for people who - like me just over a year ago - don't know Web 2.0 from a medblog. Especially important now that I've indicated that reading medblogs is important for any pre-med. Check out Vitum's Guide for the New Medblog Reader.