One of the prominent medical education bloggers - who is really much more than just a great blogger - has been awarded an endowed chair by the University of San Francisco School of Medicine to support her medical education efforts. This is notable to me because, in the press release, they specifically mention part of the mission of the award specifically notes "keep up her active 'Academic Life in Emergency Medicine' blog".
It's fascinating to see how alternative publication sources and online media are influencing the perception of "academic achievement". For instance, my JAMA commentary - a journal with Impact Factor of 30 - has been viewed as full text or downloaded as PDF ~2000 times in the last six months. This blog, on the other hand, exceeds 400 views per day. There's no question which has been more rewarding to my brief career so far.
Again, congratulations to Michelle! Now she has to do, not just great things, but insanely great things! (also, go Stanford!)
"Inaugural Academy Chair in Emergency Medicine"