Participation Guidelines

Comments to University of Maryland Medical Center-sponsored sites, such as its blog, Website online feedback form or social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and the Life in a Medical Center blog, are welcome and encouraged, and we look forward to hearing from you. To promote respectful discussion within this forum, we request that you be courteous and productive and avoid comments that are profane, obscene, offensive, sexually explicit, inappropriate, inflammatory or otherwise objectionable. Blogs often foster debate of an issue; users are to engage in such exchanges with mutual respect for others’ opinions.

For the privacy of users and their families, please be advised that all postings to UMMC-sponsored sites will be publicly available on the Internet and therefore publicly accessible without limitation or protection of any kind. Please consider how much personal information to share, with the understanding that this information may be linked to your name and published on the Internet.

By posting a comment or other material to Medical Center-sponsored sites as outlined above, users give the Medical Center the irrevocable right and license to exercise all copyright, publicity, and moral rights with respect to any content you provide, which includes using your submission for any purpose in any form and on any media, including but not limited to: displaying, modifying, reproducing, distributing, creating other works from, and publishing your submission. The Medical Center reserves the right to review all comments before they are posted, and to edit them to preserve readability for other users.

The Medical Center further reserves the right to reject or remove comments for any reason, including but not limited to our belief that the comments violate this Comment Policy, to determine in its sole discretion which submissions meet its qualifications for posting, and to remove comments for any reason, including but not limited to our belief that the comments violate these Terms and Conditions. Any submissions that fail to follow these Terms and Conditions in any way or are otherwise irrelevant will not be posted. Due to the sheer volume or appropriateness, the Medical Center will not respond to every posting, especially those that address individual medical issues.

We also reserve the right to amend these Terms and Conditions from time to time in our judgment to address issues that may arise and changes in our operations or the law.

In posting material on the Medical Center-sponsored sites, you agree not to:

  1. Post material that the Medical Center determines is threatening, harassing, illegal, obscene, defamatory, slanderous, or hostile towards any individual or entity.
  2. Post phone numbers or email addresses of yourself or any other individual or entity in the body of your comment — you cannot assume the good intentions of everyone who reads them.
  3. Post material that infringes on the rights of the Medical Center or any individual or entity, including privacy, intellectual property or publication rights.
  4. Post material that promotes or advertises a commercial product or solicits business or membership or financial or other support in any business, group or organization except those which are officially sponsored by the Medical Center. Before posting this kind of material, you should check with the Web team at
  5. Post chain letters, post the same comment multiple times, or otherwise distribute “spam” via the Medical Center-sponsored blog.
  6. Allow any other individual or entity to use your identification for posting or viewing comments.
  7. Post comments under multiple names or using another person’s name.

The Medical Center reserves the right to do any or all of the following:

  1. Ban future posts from people who repeatedly violate our Terms and Conditions. We may affect such bans by refusing posts from specific email addresses or IP addresses, or through other means as necessary.
  2. Remove or edit comments at any time, whether or not they violate these Terms and Conditions.

User agrees to indemnify and hold harmless University of Maryland Medical System Corporation, its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, successors and assigns against any damages, losses, liabilities, judgments, causes of action, costs or expenses (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs) arising out of any claim by a third party relating to any material user has posted on the Medical Center-sponsored sites.

By posting a comment or material of any kind on a Medical Center-sponsored site, the user hereby agrees to the Terms and Conditions set forth above.

2 thoughts on “Participation Guidelines

  1. On January 20, 2011, I had a triple hernia repaired laparoscopically by Dr. Patricia Turner. I have to say the care both my wife and I were given by the entire staff was fantastic. My wife and I don’t live in Baltimore; we live in a small town 75 miles west of the city and don’t know our way around. From the preop visit to the surgery, every person we dealt with from the admin staff (person in lobby telling me where to go in such a large facility and the check in staff the day of the surgery), nurses (both preop and PACU) and doctors were professional and took the time to answer all my questions. The day of the surgery, we had to be at the hospital for 12 hours, the staff helped my wife find places to eat and help get her internet access so she could keep our family members up-to-date on the surgeries progress. The hospital should be proud that they have such high quality staff members that made an uncomfortable day tolerable.

    Thank you,

    David Barrow

  2. I just would be interested in getting updates on health info. I’m a 10 yr. breast cancer survivor who as a result has converted to a vegan (imperfectly) diet and now as a 68 yr. old have had two TIAs in the last year. As a result, I’m now taking 81 mg. of aspirin a day. Otherwise, I’m feeling fine with lots of energy and 4 mile walks almost every day. No arthritis or other complaints.

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