ePatient Speaker Call – Medicine X 2016

Medicine X opens its annual ePatient scholarship program’s application period for Presenter Track candidates on Tuesday, Nov. 3rd. Applications must be submitted by 11 a.m. EST (8 a.m. PST) on Tuesday, Nov. 17th.

Charlie Blotner, an ePatient from Arizona, delivers a talk about gender identity and its impacts on patient care at MedX 2016.

In the Presenter Track, ePatients give a five-minute Ignite-style speech at Medicine X held in September at Stanford University. An academic conference that explores how technology will advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients, Medicine X features breakout sessions, master classes, workshops, pre-conference sessions, and special events that illuminate, challenge, and inspire. ePatients are central to the Medicine X experience.

“We seek ePatients who have a story to tell—not necessarily those who can give a slick presentation,” said Sarah E. Kucharski, Coordinator of ePatient Programs. “New voices need to be heard. Medicine X strives to empower growing advocates as well as amplify those who already have achieved great things.”

In previous years, the Medicine X ePatient scholarship program has offered three tracks — Presenter, Design and Engagement — for patients to become involved in the academic conference focused on the future of medicine and health care. This year Medicine X will target new patient populations with the addition of Entrepreneurship, Precision Medicine and Research, and Educator tracks. Application periods for the Design, Educator, Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Precision Medicine and Research tracks will open in late 2015 and early 2016.

Medicine X welcomes and empowers doctors, patients, web developers, researchers, entrepreneurs, pharmaceutical representatives, insurance representatives, and med students to find solutions that make health care better. Medicine X is not an industry conference. It’s an inclusive experience.

Marie Ennis O'Connor, a breast cancer survivor and noted social media curator from Ireland, was selected as an ePatient Delegate in 2015 and 2016.

Marie Ennis O’Connor, a breast cancer survivor and noted social media curator from Ireland, was selected as an ePatient Delegate in 2015 and 2016.

The Medicine X scholarship program provides full or partial scholarships to cover ePatients’ conference registration costs plus travel and accommodations funding for patients with indentified needs. Scholarship recipients also receive mentoring, speech coaching, and other skills training particular to their track.

Allison Ferlito, a 2015 Engagement Track ePatient Scholar, recalled the advice she received from a previous year’s alum: “If you are thinking about applying to Stanford Medicine X, you should apply.” It’s what she now too tells other ePatients.

“If you are a budding ePatient, MedX is the place where you will blossom. You will find your voice amongst your newfound family, and you will return home with a multifaceted perspective that makes you a more confident, informed, and creative advocate,” she said.

Applications to the Presenter track must be submitted by 11 a.m. EST (8 a.m. PST) on Tuesday, Nov. 17th. There are two parts to the application—a short-answer online form and call-in presentation pitch. Presenter Track applicants are not required to have prior experience with the Ignite format in which 20 slides automatically advance every 15 seconds; however, applicants should demonstrate a clear idea for their talk, a desire to share their knowledge, passion for their cause, and dedication to fulfilling their role as a scholarship recipient before, during, and after the conference.

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