Carolyn Thomas says it much better than I could. This has been on my mind awhile. I just couldn’t articulate the frustrations as nicely & succinctly as she does here in this post. Worthy of a reblog! Thank you Carolyn for “getting it” & putting this issue out there to conference organizers. Participation shouldn’t be tokenism.
Dear medical conference organizers,
Thank you so much for inviting me to participate in your conference later this year. It is a real honour to be asked to help represent the patient voice at your prestigious event. I know that inviting patients alongside your impressive international roster of well-respected physicians is new to you. So congratulations on embracing the increasingly important “Patients Included” movement sweeping through medical conferences.
But as I once wrote to patient blogger (and conference speaker) Carly Medosch:
“I can no longer afford to be ‘honoured’ by any more medical conference invitations.”
Allow me to explain:
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