A 2013 Google Hangout discussion explaining the Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarship Program (Please note official Stanford Medicine X mascot @therealzoechu appears for a cameo at 0:15:35)
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2014. OUR DEEPEST THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO APPLIED.
We look forward to announcing our 2014 selections in the near future.
What is Medicine X?
Medicine X is a non-profit, academic conference held each September on the Stanford University campus. It is a catalyst for new ideas about the future of medicine and emerging technologies. Our next Medicine X conference will be held Sept. 5-7, 2014.
What is the Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarship program?
The Medicine X ePatient Scholarship program will provide up to 35 spots for epatients to attend Medicine X at Stanford, Sept. 5-7, 2014. Full and partial scholarships are awarded based on applicants’ merit and are allocated to maximize impact with consideration given to financial need.
What is an ePatient? Am I an ePatient?
ePatient (e·pa·tient/e‘pāSHənt/): 1. A health consumer who uses the Internet to gather information about a medical condition of particular interest to them, and who use electronic communication tools (including Web 2.0 tools) in coping with medical conditions. 2. Friends and family members (e-Caregivers) who go online on behalf of patients.
scholar (schol·ar, /’skälər/): 1. A specialist in a particular branch of study, esp. the humanities; a distinguished academic: “a Hebrew scholar”. 2. A person who is highly educated or has an aptitude for study.
ePatient scholar (e·pa·tient schol·ar, /e‘pāSHənt ’skälər/): 1. A specialist and expert who is highly educated in his or her own medical conditions and who uses information technologies (e.g., Internet tools, social networks, self-tracking tools) in managing their health, learning from and teaching others. 2. (Stanford Medicine X ePatient scholar) An educator and role model for other patients and health care stakeholders.
How can Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarship recipients participate in the conference?
Applicants define their type of participation and involvement in the conference by selecting the appropriate track at the time they submit their application. The 35 Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarship slots are allocated for attendees (Engagement & Producer Track), speakers (Presenter Track), or creative problem solvers in the IDEO Design Challenge (Design Track). Applicants may apply for more than one track; however, conference participation is limited to one track per scholarship recipient, and one applicant can receive no more than one scholarship each year.
I have already received a Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarship in the past. Am I allowed to apply again?
Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholars alumni may apply for and receive scholarships in different years, as long as they apply in tracks for which they have not already received a previous scholarship.
What are the expectations and responsibilities of Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarship recipients?
Selection as a Stanford Medicine X ePatient scholarship recipient confers certain expectations and responsibilities upon recipients. Complete conference attendance is expected, with scholarship recipients arriving on time and staying throughout the duration of the conference until closing remarks on Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Scholarship recipients are tasked with using the knowledge and skills gained at Medicine X to advance their individual advocacy efforts. Scholarship recipients will receive a certificate of recognition for their attendance.
I’m a patient and I haven’t been to an academic conference before. Is Medicine X really an academic conference designed for everyone?
Absolutely. The atmosphere at Medicine X is unlike that of a traditional academic medical conference. Attendees from around the world and across the healthcare spectrum embrace patients as a nexus of innovation and inspiration to drive their work in patient care, technology development, education and research. Medicine X is founded on the belief that patients are some of the best and most underutilized experts in healthcare. Medicine X represents an opportunity to share the stories and lessons learned as patients, as people, and as partners in care.
WHAT HAVE PREVIOUS SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS THOUGHT ABOUT THE PROGRAM? [Back to top]
Many of our 2012 ePatient scholarship recipients shared their experience through the engagement track and published their experiences through social media on blogs and podcasts. Below is an assorted collection of these postings.
“Medicine X is what took me from being a patient involved in her own health to becoming an advocate for others. It was so inspiring and eye-opening—it was about possibilities and problem solving. Medicine X renews the sense of hope that we can restore the caring part of healthcare.” — Sarah E. Kucharski
“I had no idea what to expect upon walking into Medicine X. What I found was an environment that nurtured growth, sparked ingenuity and raucous debates, and propelled my advocacy efforts overnight. I was blown away by the connections and friends I made in a setting that felt less like a conference and more like summer camp.” — Britt J. Johnson
FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS [Back to top]
How much is registration if I don’t receive an ePatient Scholarship ?
General registration for Medicine X begins at $1199, with discounts for academic researchers ($799) and students ($499).
Note that in the application process, applicants complete both an application to a needs-blind, merit-based selection system as well as a separate financial assistance application. Applicants are tasked with determining and demonstrating their own financial need as evidenced by employment status, income, and other personal hardships. Financial need statements will be considered for the awarding of full and partial scholarships. Financial need does not affect an applicant’s merit.
How much is registration if I am selected to receive an ePatient Scholarship?
A partial scholarship reduces the registration rate for the three day conference to $199.00. Full scholarship recipients are not required to pay a registration fee.
Why would you charge patients to attend Stanford Medicine X?
Medicine X is an academic non-profit conference—not a medical industry event or trade show. Operating funds are derived exclusively from registration fees, gifts and grant income. Partial scholarship recipients receive all the knowledge, opportunities, and interaction afforded to full scholarship recipients; however, the awarding of partial scholarships allows Medicine X to extend financial assistance to the greatest number of patients possible.
Will I get paid a salary or honorarium to attend Medicine X?
No. Because Medicine X is an academic conference, most speakers at pay registration fees to attend and present their work at our conference.
How much in out-of-pocket expenses should I budget to attend Medicine X?
Plan to cover transportation (airfare, rental car, gas, etc.) and at least three nights’ accommodations. Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarship recipients are expected to attend the conference in full, arriving on time and staying until the conference closes the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Reduced hotel rates are available, and rooming with another scholarship recipient is recommended to reduce costs. Breakfast and lunch are provided at the conference venue with reasonable accommodations made for dietary needs. Conference hotels are within walking distance of several restaurants and a grocery store. Additional consideration should be given to any lost wages from time taken off from work.
Are travel funds provided?
Scholarship recipients with financial need may be eligible for limited travel scholarship funds to facilitate their attendance at Medicine X. In the application process, applicants complete both an application to a needs-blind, merit-based selection system as well as a separate financial assistance application. Applicants are tasked with determining and demonstrating their own financial need as evidenced by employment status, income, and other personal hardships. Financial need statements will be considered both for the awarding of full and partial scholarships and the awarding of travel scholarships. Financial need does not affect an applicant’s merit.
ABOUT THE APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS [Back to top]
How can I apply for a Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarship?
Scholarship applications will open November 26, 2013 and close on January 10, 2014. Awards will be announced in early 2014. Please sign up for the Medicine X email list to be notified when scholarship applications become available online.
I’m a student/resident/researcher: Can I apply for the Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarship?
Unfortunately you may not apply for an ePatient scholarship. Only ePatients may apply for the ePatient Scholarship Program. Medicine X will provide discounted registration rates for academic researchers and students.
How are Stanford Medicine X ePatient scholarship recipients selected?
Successful applicants demonstrate a history of patient engagement, community outreach and advocacy. Preference is given to individuals using emerging technologies and social media such as blogs, podcasts, Twitter, Facebook. In the application process, applicants complete both an application to a needs-blind, merit-based selection system as well as a separate financial assistance application. The 2014 Medicine X ePatient Advisory Board reviews all applications, narrows the field of applicants by merit and ranks applicants. Only after this initial ranking process are financial need statements considered. The most highly-ranked applicants receive priority consideration for financial assistance. All final decisions are made by the conference director.
Is financial need considered during the Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarship selection process?
Yes. We first make the selection based solely on the qualifications of the applicant. We then create a rank list based on the outcome of the selection process. Once the rank list is finalized, we then contact applicants and ask them to submit financial need statements. Our aim is to provide sufficient support for the most highly-ranked epatients to attend the conference under partial or full scholarships.
Medicine X is a catalyst for new ideas about the future of medicine and emerging technologies. Up to 35 ePatient Scholarships are available to the 2014 Medicine X conference, held Sept. 5-7 on the Stanford University campus.
Full and partial scholarships covering conference registration fees will be awarded, based on merit and with consideration given to applicants’ financial needs. Applicants also may apply for limited travel scholarship funds.
The application period opens November 25, 2013 and closes January 10, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be notified in early 2014.
Scholarship applicants may apply to any TWO (2) of the following tracks:
- Engagement & Producer Track
- Presenter Track
- Design Track
Engagement & Producer Track
Description: The purpose of the Engagement & Producer Track is to provide an opportunity for ePatients and caregivers to attend Stanford Medicine X and interact—both in-person and through social media—with conference attendees and the world-at-large. In addition to providing a patient voice to the proceedings, scholarship recipients in the Engagement and Producer Track will be responsible for sharing with others knowledge gained at Medicine X and for producing original content via social media while at the conference and after.
Selection Criteria: Successful applicants will demonstrate a history of patient engagement and community outreach and advocacy, with preference for individuals using emerging technologies such as blogs, Twitter, and social media to pursue these goals.
Description: The purpose of the presenter track is to provide an opportunity for epatients to attend and speak at the Stanford Medicine X conference. By providing a patient voice to the proceedings, scholarship recipients will help share and disseminate the knowledge to educate and inspire others.
Selection Criteria: Applicants will be asked to submit a speaking proposal that describes their story and what they would like to speak about. Patient talks in the presenter track will be five minutes in length and follow a pecha kucha/ignite format. Applications will be considered for talks in the following topic areas:
Applicants must submit a proposal that describes their story and topic and demonstrate an ability or potential for public speaking via an interview with an ePatient Advisory Board member. Presentation coaches will be available to presenter track scholarship recipients to improve their presentations prior to the Medicine X conference. Speakers should plan to address one of the following subject areas while incorporating technology and social media:
- On ePatients: What is an ePatient? What makes you an ePatient? What do ePatients bring to medicine?
- On Participatory Medicine: What does participatory care mean to you? How are you fostering your own model of participatory care? How does participatory medicine play in to the future?
- On Problem Solving: What hurdles have you encountered in achieving medical care or coping with your diagnosis? How did you overcome these hurdles? What advice do you have for others?
- On Caregiving: What is unique about being a caregiver? What does it mean to you to be an empowered and engaged caregiver? How are you caring for yourself while caring for another?
Description: The Design Track provides an opportunity for ePatients and caregivers to serve as the inspiration for and nexus of a patient-centered design project. Successful applicants will work with a designer from IDEO, an award-winning global design firm that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to solving problems. Scholarship recipients will be challenged to—in one day—brainstorm, innovate and create a solution to a self-identified problem using the collective knowledge and creativity of a team of fellow conference attendees. Those in the Design Track also will provide a patient voice to conference proceedings, while sharing and disseminating their knowledge to educate and inspire others.
Selection Criteria: Successful applicants are those patients and caregivers who are passionate about collaborative design and solving health care problems. Applicants should have experience in managing a chronic disease and using technology to facilitate care. Successful applicants will articulate why their chronic medical problem needs creative problem solvers and design thinkers to improve their care and how their own skills will contribute to the overall experience.