The award-winning health blog Scope celebrates its 10,000th post

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Scope, the award-winning health blog produced by Stanford Medicine, is celebrating its 10,000th post. Scope writes stories on original research, highlights podcasts, profiles physicians and researchers and shares the latest on health and wellness.

The online offerings began in 2009 when blogs were relatively rare. As traditional media coverage of medicine and science dwindled, the communications staff at the School of Medicine hatched a plan.

Explained co-founder MICHELLE BRANDT, “Our decision was to become a content producer and curator for a general audience, not just a source for media outlets.”

One of Scope’s most successful features is the Stanford Medicine Unplugged series. Introduced five years ago by Brandt and HAMISKA CHANDRASEKAR, a former medical student who is now a pediatrics resident at Boston Children’s Hospital, the weekly series features first-person essays from a small team of medical students. It allows readers to peek into classrooms and clinics and experience the nerves of test preparation, the grief of patient loss and the elation of first sutures.

Another much younger series is In the Spotlight, a fun-spirited biweekly Q&A that highlights the work, and interests, of students, trainees and junior faculty members.

Current editor BECKY BACH reports that the staff has some special plans to celebrate 10,000 posts: “We have a fun celebration – Scope@10,000 – in the works. Over the coming months, we plan to share original narrative essays from a variety of writers, physicians and thinkers – including Chandrasekar – and we’ll kick off with a piece from Stanford physician and author extraordinaire ABRAHAM VERGHESE.”

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