The Program at a Glance (FAQs)
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. Our next Medicine X conference will be held September 16-18, 2016.
What is the Stanford Medicine X Student Leadership Program?
The Stanford Medicine X Student Leadership Program will provide spots for students to attend Medicine X at Stanford, September 16-18, 2016. Scholarships are awarded based on applicants’ merit and are allocated to maximize impact with consideration given to financial need.
How can Stanford Medicine X Leadership 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. 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. Please see our Program Overview for specific details about the presentation and engagement opportunities for each track.
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. Participants are expected to participate in the ePatient and student collaborative design challenge. 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 full-time at an accredited degree-granting academic institution, and are interested in health care 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 health care spectrum embrace patients as a nexus of innovation and inspiration to drive their work in patient care, health care design, 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 PREVIOUS STUDENTS THOUGHT ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Many of our 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.
“This conference, better than any other, demonstrated that innovation comes at the intersection of different fields. Only at Medicine X will you find such a family-oriented environment between ePatients, student scholars, designers, healthcare professionals, and digital health experts.” — Nicholas Vu, Pharm D. Candidate at University of California, San Diego. Nicholas also published a blog post of his experience.
“When all of the stakeholders get together with their unique experiences, solutions get created that benefit everyone involved. This project has illustrated this idea for me in such a tangible way that I will forever seek out patients to collaborate with when it comes to innovating health care.” — Laura Haley, M.D. Candidate at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Haley also published a blog post of her experience with the student and ePatient collaborative design challenge.
How much is registration if I don’t receive a student scholarship?
General registration for Medicine X begins at $1750, with discounted rates for academic researchers beginning at $1000, and for students beginning at $500. Please note that prices will increase as registration tiers sell out. For more information, please see our registration page.
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 scholarships. Financial need does not affect an applicant’s merit.
How much is registration if I am selected to receive a student scholarship?
Applicants selected for the student leadership program will be offered a discounted registration rate on a financial needs basis. Our financial package typically supports travel and/or lodging when necessary or demonstrated by financial need.
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. 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 to seven nights’ accommodations (depending on which Medicine X Week events you chose to attend.) Stanford Medicine X Student Leadership Program participants are expected to attend the conference in full, arriving on time and staying until the conference closes. 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
How can I apply for the Stanford Medicine X Student Leadership Program?
Scholarship applications will open April 15, 2016. Due to unprecedented demand, we’re extending the deadline until Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 at 5 PM PST. Awards will be announced in June 2016. Please sign up for the Medicine X email list to receive additional updates on the program.
If you need assistance in completing your application or need the application in another format, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 full-time students enrolled at an accredited degree-granting academic instituion, working towards a degree may apply for the Student Leadership Program.
How are Stanford Medicine X Student Leadership Program participants selected?
Successful applicants demonstrate a history of student community engagement, 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 2016 Medicine X Student 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. Student Leadership Program slots are available for students to attend the 2016 Medicine X conference, held September 16-18 on the Stanford University campus.
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. Our financial aid package typically supports travel and/or lodging when necessary or demonstrated by financial need.
The application period opens April 15, 2016. Due to unprecedented demand, we’re extending the deadline until Sunday, May 22nd, 2016 at 5 PM PST.
Scholarship recipients will be notified in early June 2016.
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 will be paired with ePatient scholars from the ePatient engagement/producer tracks to participate in the ePatient and student collaborative design challenge. In this challenge, a team of student leaders and ePatients will work together to co-design solutions to be implemented during the conference. To learn more about the 2014 design challenge and student experience, please read Laura Haley’s blog post regarding her experience as a medical student and student leader at Medicine X.
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. 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?
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.
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.