Indian Pediatrics 2002; 39:219-220
Mailing lists are forums where discussions are conducted through email. Mailing lists are becoming increasingly popular in the last year or so. Mailing lists specifically for Pediatricians have also been set up and are a popular way of exchanging views and medical information.
The advantages of the mailing lists are that messages can be posted by email to all the members who subscribe to the list by just sending the message to a particular email address specified by the administrator. Then one can receive responses from all members who have subscribed to the list. Since the discussions are conducted through email, all that is required is a email software like Outlook Express, Netscape Communicator etc. The messages can also be read by going to the mailing list website.
Joining a mailing list requires just filling out a form and registering on the administrators website. After registration the first message, received by the subscriber is important. It is a welcome message and also contains the rules for participation in the mailing list. Most importantly it contains information for un-subscribing from the list. This is essential because after some time you may receive a lot of emails and may want to remove yourself from the mailing list. A simple precaution to protect from Spam mail is to have separate email address for the mailing list and to send emails to the list using this email identity.
URL’s (web addresses) of a few of the popular pediatric mailing lists are given below. The website gives information about the list and instructions for joining and participating in the list.
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Mailing List: This is managed by Brown University, Rhode Island, USA and can be accessed from www.brown.edu/Administration/Emergency_Medicine/ped-em-l.html.
Pediatric pulmonology mailing list: This is managed by the University of British Columbia and can be accessed from www.resp.paediatrics.ubc.ca/ped-lung.htmlDevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics List: This has been hosted by the University of South Florida and can be accessed from www.dbpeds.org/list
PEDTALK Pediatric Discussion Mail List: This is a discussion group on general Pediatrics. This can be accessed from www.pcc.com/lists/pedtalk
Pediatric Endocrinology Mail List: This is managed by the Cedars Sinai Medical Center. For subscribing to this list send an e-mail to: email@example.com with following as subject - subscribe peds-endo.
The administrator is Dr. Ray Duncan, MD, firstname.lastname@example.org