Joint replacements are the #1 expenditure of Medicare. The process of approving these medical devices is flawed according to the Institute of Medicine. It is time for patients' voices to be heard as stakeholders and for public support for increased medical device industry accountability and heightened protections for patients. Post-market registry. Product warranty. Patient/consumer stakeholder equity. Rescind industry pre-emptions/entitlements. All clinical trials must report all data.
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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Apply for this Patient Advocate Scholarship by November 1

 Apply for a scholarship to the 2013Lown Conference!    FiDA highlight

We are excited to announce that we have scholarship funding to help bring  medical students, residents, nurses and nursing students, community organizers, civic leaders, patients, and patient advocates to the 2013 Lown Conference - apply now
The conference is happening on Boston on December 3rd and 4th. You should read the full program, but here’s a refresher on the major goals of this year’s conference:
               Creating a new conversation among clinicians, patients, and civil society about the purpose of medicine and the health care system
               Understanding overuse as a moral and spiritual problem
               Recognizing that a better world is possible
               Envisioning health and health care 25 years from now.
We will also have working group meetings on December 5, the day after the conference, covering Medical Education, Public Engagement, International Collaboration, the Choosing Wisely campaign, and Setting the Research Agenda. If you are interested in participating in one of these working groups, please email us for more information at, and watch this blog for more details on the different working group agendas!
If all of that sounds exciting and informative, but you’re unsure of how to pay for travel, this is your opportunity! The scholarships will provide reimbursement (up to $1200) to cover travel and lodging for the conference. We are committed to using these scholarships to bring a wide range of voices and perspectives to the conference, and we know it will be a better event with representation from all groups concerned with reducing overuse in medicine.
If you’re interested, apply here by 5pm Eastern time on November 1, 2013. (That’s only two weeks from tomorrow!) We are only able to offer a limited number of scholarships, but will accommodate as many applicants as possible. We will notify recipients by email.  
And finally, please share this information with your colleagues, students, and anyone else who you think would benefit from participation in what promises to be an incredible conference!

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