To commemorate the New England Journal of Medicine's 200th anniversary, the publication has launched an essay contest seeking submissions about how the Internet and social media will change the future of health care. According to the NEJM release:
In the last twenty years, there have been profound changes in how information is communicated. The internet and social networking have enabled everything from romance to revolution. In the healing arts, this change has transformed how the public accesses and uses health-related information. What used to rest solely in the hands of medical professionals now is easily accessible in the public domain. This paradigm shift brings with it benefits and challenges.
As future members of the medical profession and current users of these communications vehicles, you are uniquely poised to apply and evaluate the impact of these evolving methods of information exchange on the art and science of medicine.
We are asking you:
In the last twenty years, the internet and social networking have brought profound changes in how information is communicated. How can we harness this technology to improve health?
The contest is open to undergraduate students considering a career in medicine, medical students and residents. Prizes include invitations to attend the journal's anniversary symposium and up to $1,000 in travel stipends. Submissions start Dec. 1 and will close after 600 essays have been submitted.