If you are a patient and want to attend Medicine X there are 3 options: 1) Apply for an ePatient scholarship. 2) Be invited by the program committee directly. 3) Submit a speaker proposal below as part of our general call for speakers. Please note in option three you apply as a member of the general public, and may be required to pay a speaker registration fee IF YOU DO NOT APPLY FOR AND RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP UNDER OPTION 1 OR 2 ABOVE. Medicine X provides over 35 free registrations per year to patients under option 1 above, and an additional 10-20 registrations under option 2. Medicine X also provides needs-based travel scholarships that cover airfare and hotel under options 1 and 2 above.

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Abstract submissions for the 2018 conference are now open! Medicine X 2018 will be held September 14-16th on the Stanford University campus.

Gain support for your work, build an audience who will champion your ideas, and find partners who will help you realize your vision!

Stanford Medicine X is:

  • The most-discussed academic health care conference in the world.
  • An Everyone Included™ initiative, where all stakeholders are respected and valued for the expertise that they bring.
  • An international community with delegates from around the world, and a global online viewership representing over 60 countries.
  • A premier venue to present your work to the world!

This year, the conference will be held on the Stanford campus from September 14-16, 2018.

Please note that if you are selected as a presenter, you will be required to pay and register for the conference. Please review our registration rates and policies.

Abstract submissions for the 2018 conference have been extended! Abstract submissions will now close on Wednesday, February 7th, at 5PM Pacific Time. 

A Global Platform to Showcase Your Work

Stanford Medicine X is the leading patient-centered conference on emerging technology and medicine. During Medicine X 2017, we reached over 1.4 billion social media impression under the Medicine X hashtag. Our social media reach via livestream and twitter reached over 5.5 million unique individuals worldwide. In addition, #MedX trended #1 on Twitter in the United States each day of the conference. Delegates included attendees from throughout the country and around the world, in addition to a global online viewership representing more than 60 countries. Major media outlets that have covered Medicine X over the past three years include CNN, The New York Times, Bloomberg News, The Economist, Time Magazine, Wired Magazine, Popular Science, Elsevier Japan, and TechCrunch. Stanford University’s Medicine X conference is a premier venue to present your work to the world.

Areas of Focus

Scientific research studies and scholarly practice-based work in the area of emerging information and social technologies and their effects on the field of medicine will be the primary focus of the Medicine X conference. We seek submissions on a broad range of topics, including:

  • Innovation in health care and medical education
  • Implementation science
  • Design-thinking around improving health
  • Original research on eHealth tools
  • 3D printing and medicine
  • Aging and technology
  • Mental health
  • Personalized medicine and genomics
  • Participatory medicine and the role of technology in empowering patient (and/or caregiver) engagement in a patient’s own health care
  • Wearable computing technologies for health (e.g. wearable sensors for tracking health or heads-up information displays)
  • The role of digital health technologies and their effects on patients and health care professionals
  • Social/mobile technologies and their use in the areas of science, health, and medicine
  • Health information and content on the Internet
  • Collaboration using the Internet and the use of these technologies to change health care education, delivery, and practice
  • Digital divide in access to health information technology, and more!

Type of Tracks

Presentations for Stanford Medicine X 2018 will be accepted in the following tracks:

Submissions to the business track typically involve presentations of interest to the business community and also presentation of commercial products that may be of interest to the Medicine X community. The focus of presentations should be educational, and present the objective merits of the product or topic to the audience.


epatient-icon-3ePatient and Caregiver
Submissions to the ePatient track typically involve issues and topics that represent a patient-centered point of view that would be of interest to the entire Medicine X community. Submissions in this track typically include presentations giving insight into the experience of living with a chronic condition or how the expertise of patients and caregivers can improve medical research, education and health care delivery.


implementationImplementation Science
Submissions made to the implementation track represent work conducted to carry out plans that were formed during the assessment and design stages of health care quality improvement and innovation projects. These submissions reflect work that is being done to execute and realize change at the individual, interpersonal, organizational, or environmental levels.


Submissions made to the research track reflect original work conducted to answer a hypothesis (research question) and should present relevant data, interpret the findings and synthesize the results into a set of conclusions. Abstracts must be structured into the following sections: background, method, results, and conclusion.


Submissions made to our new design track should reflect excellence, innovation, and potential or proven ability to improve the quality of health through design. We believe that thoughtful design is essential to innovation in healthcare and medicine across all domains (education, clinical care, research, etc.), and are seeking presentations from those who share our values and believe in the value of good design in health care.

Type of Presentations

The following presentation types will be accepted for Stanford Medicine X 2018:

oral-iconOral Presentations
Oral presentations offer an opportunity to provide a powerpoint slide presentation of your work to a large breakout audience. Presentations are 15 minutes in length, with a five minute question and answer period. Oral presentations are organized into theme sessions, and each session will have a designated moderator. Oral presentations are typically limited to a single presenter. 


oral-ignite-iconOral Ignite! Talks
Oral Ignite! talks are 5-minute powerpoint slide presentations that provide presenters with the opportunity to give audience members a succinct and high impact introduction to their work. Ignite! presenters will also receive a professionally produced video of their talk that will be published on a variety of Med X channels. Oral Ignite! talks are typically limited to a single presenter. 


panel-iconPanel Discussions
Panel discussions are an ideal opportunity to provide a diverse set of perspectives on important topics in eHealth. If selected for a panel discussion, you will have the opportunity to select from 45 and 90 minute session blocks. Successful applicants will be contacted after acceptance for preferences. Panel presentations are required to have 1 moderator and 2-4 panelists. Please note that all panelists must pay and register for the conference. 


poster-iconPoster Presentations
Poster presentations offer an opportunity to share your work with an international audience at Medicine X. If selected, you will present your work via an electronic poster. Presentations will take place throughout the conference with special designated times for poster viewing. First authors should plan to be next to their posters to answer questions during these times.


tech-hub-iconTechnology Hub Exhibit 
Our technology hub is a dedicated space for educational exhibits and demonstrations throughout the 3-day Medicine X conference! This is the perfect place to provide educational demonstrations of your technology to Medicine X delegates.


These small interactive sessions are an opportunity for you to delve deeply into a topic and share your expertise with a group of passionate MedX delegates. Workshops hold a maximum of 30-35 people. Workshops can be led by 1-4 people. Please note that all facilitators must pay and register for the conference. 

Registration for Stanford Medicine X 

All presenters must register for the Stanford Medicine X conference. Due to the limited size of our venue and the unique nature of our patient-partnered event, a limited number of lower-priced rebel rate tickets for 2018 will be made available to accepted speakers in our program. Please note our ticket prices reflect only a fraction of the total cost required to produce each Medicine X event. In 2017, Medicine X brought over 130 patient-partners to our Medicine X conferences, covering needs-based travel and lodging when required, in addition to registration fees. These important experts increase the value of our events for our delegates, and also increase the cost of our events over traditional medical education events that are not Everyone Included™.

Please review registration rates for our event before submission if you have any questions regarding cost of attendance.

Our Patient-Partners

Please note we have a patient-partnership scholarship program that enables patient-partners to attend our events as part of a complete academic program that includes pre- and post-event mentorship and training. We value the unique expertise patient-partners bring to our event and the unique preparation and needs required to partner effectively with expert patients, or ePatients. Therefore, we do not offer complementary registrations or discounted patient rates outside of our patient-partnership programs in order to provide the best experience possible to our patient-partners. Please refer to our ePatient scholarship information page if you are interested in applying to this program.

An Everyone Included™ Conference

EI-tier-4RePatient and caregiver contributors are vital to our program each year at Medicine X. They are either invited directly by our program development staff or selected to participate in our ePatient Scholar program. The Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholar program is both a chance to attend the 3-day conference, and an opportunity for learning and growth as an ePatient, providing both educational opportunities and project-based learning throughout 2018.  In 2017 the Stanford Medicine X ePatient Scholarship slots were allocated for speakers (Storyteller & Presenter Track),  creative problem solvers in the IDEO Design Challenge (Design Track), entrepreneurially-minded (Entreprenership Track) and those interested in partnering with research organizations (Everyone Included Precision Medicine and Research Track). In 2017 we also added an additional Emerging Leaders Program track partnering patients and health care students together.

Including diverse stakeholders, including those who cannot afford our general conference fees is something we strive to achieve at Medicine X, while maintaining our sustainability as a program. In 2017, we were able to provide over 130 scholarships to our programs. Many of these scholarships included travel and hotel awards.

Moments from the 2017 Medicine X Main Stage