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How fitting for the Fourth – a year after our Declaration (see below), I just received my renewal notice for the Society for Participatory Medicine.

Here’s a Doctor’s Channel interview, posted a year ago today, in which Society co-chair Alan Greene MD draws an analogy with America’s early presidents:

Here’s the Declaration we posted a year ago, July 4, 2009, on the Society’s site:

A Declaration of Participation

July 4, 2009

Thomas Jefferson had a radical notion: When the people are well-informed, they can be trusted to govern themselves. This powerful idea worked to end our rule by the King, but at the time it didn’t apply to slaves and it didn’t apply to women. It STILL doesn’t apply to patients. And it should.

Organized in 2009, the Society for Participatory Medicine will build on the work started last century by Tom Ferguson MD, creator of the e-Patients Scholars Working Group. “Doc Tom” saw that the internet would give us access to information and access to each other, and with that combination, we the people could be well-informed enough to become potent partners with our health professionals.

Today we declare a new era: the era of Participatory Medicine. Join us.

And here’s the renewal note I got today:

—– Original Message —–

From: The Society for Participatory Medicine

To: e-Patient Dave deBronkart

Sent: Sunday, July 04, 2010 6:57 AM

Subject: Renewal reminder


A friendly reminder that your membership is due for renewal soon:

The Society for Participatory Medicine

For: e-Patient Dave deBronkart, Society for Participatory Medicine

Renewal date: 18 Jul 2010

You can renew online by logging in with your email and password.

Thank you.

Later this week we’ll announce our 2010 board and a project or two that are just starting.

To join, or volunteer in any way, visit our Join page. We’re participatory – just $30/year for individuals, with scholarships available.


More later.