APPLICATIONS FOR THE STANFORD MEDICINE X STUDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM 2014 ARE NOW CLOSED.
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 Student Leadership Program?
The Stanford Medicine X Student Leadership Program will provide up to 10 spots for students 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.
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 10 Stanford Medicine X Student Leadership Program slots are allocated for attendees (Engagement & Producer Track) or speakers (Presenter Track). Applicants may apply for more than one track; however, conference participation is limited to one track per student.
What are the expectations and responsibilities of Stanford Medicine X Student Leadership Program participants?
Selection as a Stanford Medicine X Student Leadership Program participant confers certain expectations and responsibilities upon recipients. Complete conference attendance is expected, with participants arriving on time and staying throughout the duration of the conference until closing remarks on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Participants are tasked with using the knowledge and skills gained at Medicine X to advance their individual advocacy efforts. Participants will receive a certificate of recognition for their attendance.
Can I be a graduating (senior) student and still apply for this program? I am currently a registered student but will be graduated by the time of the Medicine X conference.
Students who are enrolled as a full-time student working towards a degree in the health sciences or PhD in health-related sciences are eligible to apply for this program. If accepted, the award will be valid if the applicant graduates from their educational program before the conference.
I’m a student 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 represents an opportunity to share the stories and lessons learned as patients, as people, as students, and as partners in care.
WHAT HAVE PREVIOUS STUDENTS THOUGHT ABOUT MEDICINE X? [Back to top]
Many of our 2013 student attendees 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 an amazing experience. I have attended twice and have been blown away by the thoughtfulness of the conference as well as the passion of the presenters. At Med X, emerging technologies, futurists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and more foster interdisciplinary thinking and networking in a way no other medical conference does.” — Roheet Kakaday, M.D. Candidate at Oregon Health & Science University. Roheet also published blog posts of his experience.
“Overall, Stanford MedX 2013 integrated ePatient success stories with cutting-edge technologies with the aim of developing sound social media solutions, business tactics, and research practices. Pretty stimulating stuff — all in a night-club’esque environment that gave off the vibe of evoking healthcare’s future at a lightning fast speed.” — Nicholas Vu, Pharm D. Candidate at University of California, San Diego. Nicholas also published a blog post of his experience.
FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS [Back to top]
How much is registration if I don’t receive a student 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 a student 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 students 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 students 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 Student Leadership Program participants 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 participant 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.
In order to encourage global student participation, special funds have been allocated to provide full registration tuition and travel support for at least one student (pending qualified applicants) from each the following regions: South/Latin America, Asia, and Europe.
ABOUT THE APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS [Back to top]
How can I apply for the Stanford Medicine X Student Leadership Program?
Scholarship applications will open December 20, 2013 and close on January 24, 2014. Awards will be announced in early 2014. Please sign up for the Medicine X email list to be notified when program applications become available online.
I’m a resident/researcher: Can I apply for the Stanford Medicine X Student Leadership Program?
Unfortunately you may not apply for a student scholarship. Only students enrolled in an institution of higher learning working towards a degree in healthcare may apply for the Student Leadership Program.
How are Stanford Medicine X Student Leadership Program participants 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 Student Leadership Advisory Panel 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 Student Leadership Program 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 students 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 10 Student Leadership Program slots 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 December 20, 2013 and closes January 24, 2014. Scholarship recipients will be notified in early 2014.
Scholarship applicants may apply one or both of the following tracks:
- Engagement & Producer Track
- Presenter Track
Engagement & Producer Track
Description: The purpose of the Engagement & Producer Track is to provide an opportunity for students to attend Stanford Medicine X and interact—both in-person and through social media—with conference attendees and the world-at-large. Students accepted to the engagement/producer track will be paired with ePatient scholars from the ePatient engagement/producer tracks to produce a paper describing how patients and healthcare providers might work together in partnership to innovate healthcare. These papers will be published on the Stanford Medicine X proceedings website.
Selection Criteria: Successful applicants will demonstrate a history of student 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 students to attend and speak at the Stanford Medicine X conference. Students accepted into the presenter track will give a five-minute Ignite! talk on the Stanford Medicine X main stage.
Selection Criteria: Applicants will be asked to submit a speaking proposal that describes their story and what they would like to speak about. Student 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 the eStudent: How do you consider yourself an engaged healthcare student, one who embraces the thoughtful use of design and technology to empower patients to become partners in their own care?
- On Participatory Medicine: How do you see yourself working together in partnership with patients, using shared decision making, to help them achieve their healthcare goals?
- On Problem Solving: As a student, what hurdles have you encountered and how did you overcome them?
- On Technology: How do you see technology enabling you to care for your patients?
Paris-to-Palo Alto Track
Description: The purpose of the Paris-to-Palo Alto track is to encourage cultural and educational exchange between student leaders in the interdisciplinary health sciences. Students will be social media producers in Paris at the Doctors 2.0 & You conference, and are expected to live-tweet the event, placing it in their perspective as a student. In addition, students will write a blog post about their experience abroad in Paris at the conference. If you are awarded this track, you will be required to attend BOTH Doctors 2.0 & You in Paris and Stanford Medicine X at Stanford. We reserve the right not to award a scholar in this track if there are no qualified applicants.
Selection Criteria: Successful applicants will demonstrate a history of student engagement and community outreach and advocacy, as well as a passion for fostering cultural and educational exchange, with preference for individuals using emerging technologies such as blogs, Twitter, and social media to pursue these goals.