As the deadline for the 2014 Medicine X ePatient Scholarship approaches (January 10), I’m going to continue to explore different ways to encourage prospective applicants and dispel myths that may be causing apprehension.
The biggest myth that I can think of is “I’m not worthy”.
I struggled with this one when I was first sent a link to the 2012 ePatient Scholarship application. Who am I to apply for this? What have I done? Why would they accept me? Surely there is someone better, more qualified than me that deserves a seat. I’m not a strong enough advocate for myself or my community. I haven’t accomplished anything.
Courtney Slater joins me this week to talk about her life as a Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian, how career has impacted her life with diabetes, and just as importantly how her career has not impacted her life with diabetes. We also talk about her dog’s Facebook profile and why Des Moines is more than a fly-over city. Enjoy.
Over the next week or so I plan on writing a crude FAQ to supplement the 2014 Medicine X ePatient Scholarship Application, which can be found here. I want to recall my hesitations before applying myself two years ago and do my best to assure you that applying for the scholarship is the right thing to do. For now you’re just going to have to take my word for it.
In addition to that side project, I’m going to be moderating two Google Hangouts in the coming weeks that will also aim to answer questions and motivate the fence sitters to apply for a scholarship for next year’s conference. If, after all of that content, you’re still unsure if you’re the right fit for Medicine X, feel free to reach out to me directly. One of my roles as an ePatient Advisor is to help make the upcoming conference as great as it can be, but that can’t happen without people like you, my eager-reader, applying and hopefully attending the 2014 sessions.
December means it’s time for the annual WordPress Snow Plugin to take effect. Ironically enough, the primary background color on this blog is the same color as the “snowflakes”. If it looks like your monitor is freaking out, trust that it’s me, not you.
December also means I’m inching closer to the big drive across the country. As I continue to prioritize the list of things I need to get done before hitting the road, the one item that remains at the top of the list is figuring out how to get the cats safely across the country in my car while also maximizing comfort. I’m not keen on keeping them in their carriers for 10-11 hours at a time, but I know that giving them free reign of most of the car presents its own set of challenges.
The current gameplan is to pack everything of importance in my trunk to give the girls the entire back seat to themselves. While I’m still determining the best approach for their litter box, and food situation, I know the most important aspect of this is their comfort with being in the car for an extended period of time. Building that comfort means test drives are required, which is exactly what happened yesterday.
Diabetes blogger extraordinaire, Scott K. Johnson is back on the podcast this week. After spending some time catching up since his first podcast appearance over three years ago, we talk about his recent recognition and awards: the Friends for Life Award from Children With Diabetes, and the Athletic Achievement Award from Insulindependence. Scott shares the journeys that lead to each of those respective awards, life as a full-time blogger, and the excitement he gets out of working for MySugr. Enjoy.
Dr. Ann Becker-Schutte is on the podcast this week to discuss her career as a Counseling Psychologist. We cover her education and volunteering experiences that helped guider her career path as well as early lessons learned from the early years of her private practice. We also discuss Medicine X and the importance of mental health with respect to patient advocacy. Enjoy.