Congratulations to the winners of the Case of the Week
As the millennium ends, I wanted to thank all those who have spend such tremendous amount of energy answering and contributing cases to /www.thefetus.net/ . Although it is a lot of work and stress to find the cases and answer the gazillion emails they generate, I have made so many friends among so many people that am very thankful for all who have participated. Many have become my "remote studentsâ€ or even my "remote childrenâ€ and I enjoy hearing of their progresses in their careers and family. Some send me tiny emails; others send me long differential diagnoses. I get emails in English, French, and Spanish. Sometimes even Korean, Arabic or Hebrew (but those I need translations) ! Some share their images and ask opinions of how to improve them or ask second opinions about diagnoses. Mostly, all do this with so much grace, it is a neat part of the site. Someone (I lost the email, L) suggested linking the emails of the winners on the web page so that users could communicate more easily. This was a great idea. Maybe we could create some chat room where we could meet too. All ideas are welcomed !
I thought I would try to organize something to reward all those who had put so much efforts. I asked the ultrasound-related companies for assistance, and several kindly offered prizes for the highest scorers for this year (January-December 7). As it is often the case, smaller companies (more nimble, too) turned out to be the more generous. Thus if a certain manufacturer is not represented, it is because either "they had no more money for the yearâ€ (this is a true statement from 2 multi-billion companies !) or they did not send their contribution in time.
Medge Platforms, Inc kindly donated the Sonocubic 3D Ultrasound System software to the top 5 winners (actually 8 winners !!!)
Institute for Advance Medical Education has generously given 3 digital cameras. I suggested these digital cameras so that the winners could take picture of their cases and transmit them more easily.
Sonosite has generously given 2 digital cameras.
Toshiba has generously given 1 digital camera.
Acuson has generously given 1 digital camera.
ALI has generously given 1 digital camera.
I will also send to the top winners a copy of the new CD of Fetal Echocardiography when it is available in January.
Here are the top scorers among physicians: