The Program at a Glance (FAQs)

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
WHAT HAVE PREVIOUS SCHOLARS THOUGHT ABOUT THE PROGRAM?
FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS
ABOUT THE APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
GO TO OVERALL PROGRAM OVERVIEW FOR 2013

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

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. This year’s conference will be held Sept. 27-29, 2013.

What is the Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarship program?
The Medicine X ePatient Scholarship program will provide 35 spots for epatients to attend Medicine X at Stanford, September 27-29, 2013. 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?
An ePatient is a person who uses the Internet and its various digital platforms such as social media or smartphone applications to gather, disseminate, and/or record information about a medical condition to which he or she is personally connected. The term may also relate to caregivers who use these tools on behalf of a patient or in relation to their own needs as caregivers. ePatients also are described as engaged and empowered patients who take a participatory role in managing their own healthcare or that of a loved one.

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), creative problem solvers in the IDEO Design Challenge (Design Track), or as future ePatient leaders (Leadership 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.

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. 29, 2013. 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, and those demonstrating the ability and desire to become ePatient leaders will have an opportunity to gain additional experience through the Medicine X ePatient leadership program.

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.

Christopher Snider, Just Talking Podcast, with 2012 Scholarship recipients Cherise Shockley and Kim Vlasnik. Christopher also published a blog post of his experience.

Erin Gilmer, Health as a Human Right Blog, list of blog posts generated from Medicine X attendees.

“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. 29, 2013. 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 February 15, 2013 and close on March 22, 2013 (Extended from the original March 15, 2013 deadline due to some applicants reporting technical difficulties with the submission form). Awards will be announced on April 15, 2012. 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 2013 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.


Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarships Overview

Medicine X is a catalyst for new ideas about the future of medicine and emerging technologies. 35 ePatient Scholarships are available to the 2013 Medicine X conference, held Sept. 27-29 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 February 15 and closes March 22, 2013. Scholarship recipients will be notified April 15, 2013.

Scholarship applicants may apply to any TWO (2) of the following tracks:

  1. Engagement & Producer Track
  2. Presenter Track
  3. Design Track
  4. Leadership 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.

Presenter Track

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:

  1. On ePatients: What is an ePatient? What makes you an ePatient? What do ePatients bring to medicine?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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?

Design Track

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.

Leadership Track

Description: The Leadership Track provides a unique opportunity for ePatients to attend Stanford Medicine X and further develop the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to become the next generation of ePatient leaders. Chosen scholarship winners will be paired with selected Medicine X leadership mentors and participate in additional training activities before, during, and after the conference. A two-year commitment is required of applicants to this track, as 2013 Stanford Medicine X ePatient scholarship recipients will be eligible to become 2014 leaders. Leadership Track scholarship winners are expected to actively engage in disseminating knowledge gained at Medicine X to further educate and inspire others as well as expand their own advocacy efforts.

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. Successful applicants should demonstrate leadership potential and articulate how they would use a leadership position in the epatient community to advance their specific goals and objectives.