Friday, April 4, 2008

I'm Writing a Book with the American College of Physicians

The ink on the contract is drying, so I'm finally able to make this announcement: I'm writing a book with the American College of Physicians. This means that I'm humbly joining the ranks of other medical bloggers with book deals based on their blogs. (I'm aware of several, but I'd love to see a complete list.)

Writing a book was never my intention. I started The Efficient MD because I was interested in ways physicians could increase productivity and improve patient care using simple principles from books like Getting Things Done and The Successful Physician. I realized there were no websites devoted solely to lifehacks for the medical profession, so I decided to create one.

And as it turned out, the publishers at ACP Press became fans of this website. They felt, as I did, that this was a worthwhile topic. After several meetings, we decided to turn the ideas on this site into a book.

Some thoughts on the project:
  • The medical blogosphere will be prominently featured. The book will describe ways the blogosphere benefits both health care professionals and patients.
  • I've already spoken with several physicians and consultants with innovative ideas who will be featured in the book. If you'd like to be interviewed -- or if you'd like to offer help, feedback, stories, or ideas -- please contact me.
  • To make it easy for healthcare professionals to share their advice on medical practice with others, Dr. Ves Dimov -- Hospitalist at the Cleveland Clinic, Clinical Assistant Professor at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, and writer of Clinical Cases and Images -- and I are creating The Efficient MD Wiki. Like Wikipedia, this will be a public website to which anyone can contribute. It will be devoted to clinical pearls, helpful links, general advice, and strategies for improving the practice of medicine.
More information to follow. Thanks for reading. Of course, comments and feedback are welcome.

Joshua Schwimmer, MD, FACP, FASN

About the American College of Physicians
The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists — physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 125,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents, and fellows.


Bruce said...

Congratulations. My own book book actually grew out of Usenet and the medfaq list I used to maintain--way before blogging! But aren't blogs the "new books" anyway?

Anonymous said...

@ bruce
I agree. There is nothing new here. Blogs aren't really the new books, but websites like emedicine (webmd) have already done most of the job. The problem with open wikis is the quality of information. Most 'expert' wikis just are a way for producing a commercial tool cheaply.

Ian Furst said...

Congrats -- good blog. I have one question and one comment.

Q. Who do you think will reach more people blog or book?
C. Please keep it applicable. I found so many of these books dive into philosophical aspect of practice mangement. I'd be happy to read a book with 10 tips in 10 chapters.

Thanks Ian.

Joshua Schwimmer, MD, FACP, FASN said...

Thanks for the comments. Ian, I think blogs and books tend to reach different audiences. My intent is to keep the advice practical and focused, though there will a section on principles of productivity.


John La Puma, MD said...

Blogs and books can have overlapping audiences: I gave a cover quote for GlutenFreeGirl's new (excellent) book on celiac struggles, first documented in her own blog. Readers gave her part of a book tour, and sales. My new ChefMD's Big Book of Culinary Medicine I first blogged about on a food-as-medicine Grand Rounds. We're getting the word out with a Q/A ChefMD videoblog.
There are lots of ways this can work: go for it!