Lee Aase (@leeaase) published a blog post · July 1st, 2013
Patients/Caregivers: Win a Scholarship to Social Media Week at Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media is offering an opportunity for patient advocates to participate in its Social Media Week at Mayo Clinic, Oct. 21-25, 2013, in Rochester, Minn. through its third annual scholarship contest for patients and caregivers.
"We want patients and caregivers to be represented in these events," says Farris Timimi, M.D., the center's medical director. "Medical professionals typically have training and travel budgets to cover the costs of conference participation, while patients don't. Our goal through the scholarship contest is to remove the expense barrier and make it practical for highly motivated patient advocates to join us."
Scholarships are available to individuals who have been engaged with the patient experience, either as a patient or caregiver, and:
The Center for Social Media is now taking applications for three full scholarships to its Social Media Week events, including Social Media Residency, the #MayoRagan Social Media Summit and the annual member meeting of its Social Media Health Network.
The scholarships will cover registration fees and tuition for the recipients to attend all three events and also will pay airfare and lodging costs. Each recipient may bring one companion to participate in the events at no charge, but travel costs for the companion are not included in the prize.
Entering the scholarship essay contest is simple:
All entries will be reviewed for compliance with contest rules, and beginning July 15 those that qualify will be published on this page for public comments and voting. The top 15 essays as voted by site visitors from July 15-August 9 will become finalists, from which the judging panel will select three recipients.
Update (7/16/13): See our FAQs for more information.
Note: If you are or have been a patient at any Mayo Clinic or Mayo Clinic Health System facility, you also will need to complete this release form in order for us to publish your essay.
We're excited to be able to offer these scholarships, and look forward both to the contest and to having the recipients participate on a discussion panel at a general session during the Social Media Summit on Oct. 23.
If you have questions about the process for the contest or anything related to the Summit, please ask them in the comments below or send them via email.
Please help spread the word about this contest to help involve patients and caregivers in Social Media Week at Mayo Clinic. If you know someone who would be a good candidate, please encourage submission of an essay and application.
We see social media tools having power to help patients and to make healthcare more patient-centered, and we hope this event will contribute toward that goal.