Technoline: Elementor Part 1

Technoline: Elementor Part 1

What is the future of teaching medicine?

Medicine is typically taught at the bedside. There is probably no other occupation like it and after 15 years of doing it every day, I continue to learn something new on a daily basis. Yes folks, this is the realty of being a physician in a modern world, where we are now ultimately guided by evidence-based medicine. Some would argue that not all evidence are the same and I have to agree.

The point is, that we can share our concerns without the need to be published in an expensive journal, through the power of #FOAM. Our existence here at Ventricle, is purely due to the hunger for new information that is tested, tried and extrapolated from a variety of resources and physicians that are making a difference every day. This information is shared through a variety of multimedia including podcasts, videos (training, procedures), articles, case studies and infographics.

In this post, I will guide you through ELEMENTOR, our choice for starting or enhancing your medical blog.

What is a blog and why would I start one?

A blog is your voice, your ideas and your ability to influence the world. At Ventricle, we wanted to build a search engine to find posts regarding certain emergency topics fast. As rural physicians, we wanted to brush up on ventilation techniques, intubation techniques, life saving procedures and more by grouping all the information on the web in one place.

Our blog is built around this. If you have a special interest, for example dermatology, you can post new information, promote certain products (watch out for bias) and discuss cases using interested pictures from your practice. Please just get patient consent first before posting it online. This is usually how blogs are started.

What platform is best?

When I started experimenting with blogs, I first used Blogger. Soon after, I migrated to Wix and as I was looking for more functionality within my website, I transitioned to WordPress. Now, WordPress might not be easiest platform to navigate or use at first, but as you integrate certain plugins, like Elementor, things start getting easier. WordPress is the most robust platform available and when you open your WordPress account, you will have access to millions of free and paid plugins that makes your site stand out from the rest.

Do I need to learn coding to start a blog?

The answer to this question is probably yes and no. If you know how to code, using the advance features found in Elementor PRO is definitely easier and you will be able to make your site, look and feel exactly the way you want it. If you do not know how to code, the basic features are easy to use and Elementor uses drag and drop functionality to bring elements into your post or page. In this scenario your theme will guide your execution.

What is the future of medical blogs?

As we developed Ventricle, we also wanted to gather insight around what is posted around the world. Emergency Medicine, radiology and Orthopedics exploded over the last few years and currently the top categories uploaded is:

  1. Cardiology
  2. Orthopedics
  3. Emergency Medicine
  4. Critical Care
  5. Neurology
  6. Trauma
  7. Respiratory
  8. Gastroenterology
  9. COVID-19
  10. Infectious Disease

I predict that FOAM will become the teaching modality of choice for residents, and medical students on clinical rotations as we all have access to a smart phone or desktop computer when working in the ER, ward, clinic or OR. I am also predicting a strong movement towards FOAM and paid resources like EM:RAP, HIPPO and UpToDate for CME credits in the years to come.

Therefore, the time is now to share your knowledge. Either join elite blogs like:

  1. Emergency Medicine Cases
  2. BC Emergency Network
  3. EMCrit
  4. RebelEM
  5. LifeInTheFastLane
  6. ALiEM
  7. EMdocs
  8. StEmlyn’s
  9. CanadiEM
  10. WikEM

or start your own blog focused on a certain specialty:

  1. ICU Trauma Rounds
  2. Dr Smith’s ECG Blog
  3. Core Ultrasound

Running a blog is not everyone, but if you are passionate about teaching and have something to offer, consider a blog geared towards a specific element in medicine and make it better than ever.

Next week will dive a little bit deeper into Elementor…Stay tuned.

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