Laura Budd wins 2013 MacDermot prize

The BC Medical Journal is pleased to announce Ms Laura Budd as the winner of the J.H. MacDermot Prize for 2013 for her article, “Physician tweet thyself: A guide for integrating social media into medical practice” (BCMJ 2013;55:38-40).

In her article, Ms Budd discusses the risks and benefits to using social media as part of a physician’s medical practice and introduces recommendations to help guide physicians toward maintaining a safe and effective social media presence. Ms Budd wrote the article while participating in the Doctors of BC medical student intern program in the summer of 2012. She will be starting a residency in internal medicine in Toronto in July 2014 and hopes to continue researching social media and electronic communications in medicine.

The BCMJ thanks Ms Budd for her informative and well-written submission, and we hope to see more of her work—and the work of other BC medical students—in the future.

The BCMJ welcomes article submissions from student authors, and each year awards a prize of $1000 for the best article written by a medical student in the province of British Columbia. The BCMD2B article category encompasses a wide range of submissions, from scientific articles to essays about the medical school experience. The BCMJ also gives out two blog-writing prizes of $250 every year. See for details.

. Laura Budd wins 2013 MacDermot prize. BCMJ, Vol. 56, No. 3, April, 2014, Page(s) 142 - News.

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