On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake rocked the island country of Haiti, destroying much of the capital Port Au Prince and leading to the deaths of as many as 200,000 people. Since this time, thousands of images of the resulting carnage have been published in both traditional media and on internet sites.
Recently there has been some discussion about the appropriateness of some of these images, particularly those that depict individual humans in despair or even in death. Some have argued that such images should not be published without the express consent of the person depicted, or with the consent of the next-of-kin in cases of the dead. Media, for the most part, has held that in cases of extreme human events the benefit of publicizing the truth outweighs whatever emotional harm might come to an individual through publication of their plight. They argue that the many outweigh the few, in this case.
Due to a death in the family I have not had much time recently to work on the blog and podcast. I have not forgotten you all and all the support you have given, and am committed to making 2010 the biggest year yet for Academic OB/GYN! But for the moment, it is on break. I hope to get back to it in the next 3-4 weeks.
Nicholas Fogelson, MD
The Academic OB/GYN podcast continues to go on strong despite the lack of new content. We’re now over 3,000 downloads, which is great! I want to assure listeners that I’m still working on new content but have been held back by my real job, and my upcoming move to Charleston, SC. Once I’m settled in my new location I plan to move the blog to a private server and start creating more podcasts. So stay tuned…
Email for academicobgyn.com has been down in the last few days due to some domain redirection issues. We’re now hosted at WordPress but email was supposed to bounce back to the original domain registrar, and well, it wasn’t. It is being fixed now and should work in 24-48 hours (I had DNS percolation delay). In the mean time, just make a comment!
Thanks to alert reader Joseph Peterson who noticed that the podcast feed was broken. Apparently I screwed it up over the weekend trying to make the formatting look better in Itunes. Its fixed now. Stay tuned for more content soon.
Today launches the start of a new blog, Academic OB/GYN. This blog exists to provide a place for academic OB/GYN physicians to discuss current articles, management strategies, research ideas, or anything else that comes to mind. These sorts of discussions are often limited to major meetings that only occur a few times a year. With the internet, these discussions can happen anytime and anywhere, and hopefully this blog can facilitate that.
Over the coming weeks and months, I will be posting articles about current articles in the literature, interesting ideas from my clinical practice, fun stories that come up in the life of an academic physician, or whatever else comes to mind. Please comment on whatever peaks your interest and start the dialog! If you want to be a contributor to this blog (write original posts), send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll set it up.
Some of you have been driven to this site because you heard about it on the Academic OB/GYN podcast. If so welcome! If not, look into the podcast and subscribe. The podcast is an audio version of my occasionally insightful ramblings, and usually includes discussion with giants (or at least ogres) of our field on current topics and articles. If you are a giant (or giant wanna-be) in our field and want to talk about your research on the podcast, email me at email@example.com and you can be on the podcast.
Again welcome – I hope you enjoy the blog.
Nicholas Fogelson, MD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Hawai’i
Disclaimer – the Department of Ob/GYN at the University of Hawai’i does not specifically endorse this blog. But mentioning it gives me a little credibility, right?