2-26-10 Community Call Minutes

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Thanks to everyone who made the call today. 

The call started at 2pm and went on for nearly an hour.

It was attended by:

Diane Joiner, Stephen Press, Richard Knipel, John Volpe, Eileen McGinn, Elise Passikoff, Soo Cee Lee. 


Topics were covered

Categorizing “Chiropractic” into non-allopathic

Stephen offered to recatorgize Chripractic into a separate "non-allopathic" category because Chiropractic is not a body system. The following discussion and points were made aroudn categorizing

Elise-- make the separation with the thought of how people come to the site; don’t make it too granular

Eileen—lumping rather than splitting

Elise – if you’re making two different lists, then you

Stephen - Sidebar should just be general system categories.

Elise – things should drill down.

Greg – Correct spelling is “Allopathic”

Richard – Alternative Medicine might be more appropriate.

Stephen – There’s a controversy about it being called “Allopathic”

Richard – major diseases, and major forms of treatment (Eileen agreed)
Medical specialty might be more specific.

Stephen – likes that idea.

Eileen – a lot of people get diagnosis and then get referred to a specialist

Elise – it doesn’t have to be exclusive, it could be both.

Eileen – people don’t always know the medical specialties

Richard – Rather than saying Oncology, might say Cancer…broader is better

Stephen – if someone puts cancer in, a redirect takes you to oncology.

Elise – probably multiple tagging is important; cancer, drugs, etc

Eileen – we have multiple audiences; (Stephen agrees and is why redirects are so important)

Greg- it might also be good to benchmark against other sites to see how they best group diseases and treatments

  • Adult Primary Care
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Anatomy
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine Endocrinology
  • Epidemiology
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology
  • General Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology & Neurobiology
  • Nutrition
  • OB/GYN and Reproductive Health
  • Oncology
  • Orthopedics
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry
  • Public Health
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology
  • Women's Health

Stephen – medical specialties vs disease

Elise – perhaps everything could be done by a drop-down so that you can scroll all diseases. And then do an advanced search to get specific. That’s why taxonomy and content grouping is so important. From general to specific is as important as specific to general.

It would be good to know how these articles are being tagged.

Stephen – go through existing articles and write what each article should be tagged.

Content Committee Chair

John introduced the job description.

Elise - Community at large needs a list of things to react to.

Stephen – Suggested that someone will be the pro tem (placeholder) Committee Chairman;

Soo Cee – seconds that; someone has to take the lead.
Stephen – offered to take on the role because he has a background in healthcare, has time and is very interested in moving this forward.

Eileen – mentioned that when she goes to the hundreds of medical sites on the web, one thing she notices is that there is a major division between how the site describes itself; either as Health Professionals or for Consumer/client/patients

Elise – added that the Content Committee chair should be updated regularly with the

Greg – will take everyone’s nomination of Stephen and see if others outside of the community call will support Stephen Press’s nomination to Chair the Committee. Greg also suggested we have a 3 month term for the Content position considering the fact that Stephen is a Chiropathic Physician.

Content Committee Page (Vote here)

Please see the [page http://www.ourmed.org/index.php/Content_Committee_Page] Stephen has created to handle acceptance of your votes on Content Committee matters.


Greg let the group now that there is an effort to get a more professional newsletter underway.

Elise commented on how this would be good and it should be easily assessable on the site.

Greg pointed out that it’s now under “Current Events” on the sidebar.  He is using Constant Contact.

Pepsi Refresh Everything Challenge

Greg spoke to the Pepsi Foundation and learned that we will not know if we are accepted for voting until March 1st (Monday).  At that time, Greg will send everyone a request to vote every day for OurMed!  Please support--We have a good chance at $50,000!

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