Thank you for joining the Society for Participatory Medicine, showing your support for participatory medicine!
Welcome to the organization — we’re pleased to have you join us! It’s no coincidence that our image on this page shows a Habitat for Humanity team working together to build something new.
If you haven’t yet done so, please ensure your membership profile is filled out as completely as possible. This helps other members find like-minded people in the organization, in order to communicate and connect.
“Participatory Medicine is a movement in which networked patients shift from being mere passengers to responsible drivers of their health, and in which providers encourage and value them as full partners.”
You can access the SPM Forums any time. This is the primary meeting place where members share ideas, ask questions, and bounce opinions off of one another, with people, patients, advocates, and professionals from diverse backgrounds. (Please take a moment to read our community guidelines before jumping in, and please, introduce yourself on the E-patient Stories forum!) It’s important to know that new members like yourself are not automatically subscribed to receive updates from the forums. Please go to the individual forums you’re interested in, and click on the “Subscribe to forum” link at the top!
Get Involved today!
- Read and sign the participatory medicine manifesto.
- Join a local meetup! Join one of our active meetups in Chicago or the Mid-Atlantic. Contact Geri Lynn Baumblatt (firstname.lastname@example.org) for Chicago or Helene clayton-Jeter (email@example.com) for the Mid-Atlantic.
- Volunteer with SPM! Please fill out our new member skills survey to volunteer your time and skills to the Society. Nearly everyone in leadership of SPM is a volunteer. You can help! Here is the list of our current initiatives and committees. SPM conducts its governance and leadership work in committees, so joining a committee is the easiest and best way to get directly involved with the organization.
- Share your story or perspective! Submit an article or essay to our blog (blogging guidelines): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Find members like you. Use the membership directory to find like-minded members who share similar interests and skills. Use the membership directory guide and Advanced Search to help you find others.
- Join us at our next Town Hall! Meet other members virtually at our monthly Town Hall meetings. Check out our Calendar or SPM Connect for more information on the next one.
- Newsletters: Keep up-to-date with all of our efforts by subscribing to monthly email updates.
(New members are automatically subscribed.) Review the newsletter archive.
- Our e-Patients Blog: (or subscribe via email)
- Regular new posts on participatory medicine topics, resources for e-patients, and thoughtful commentaries about important articles.
- Journal of Participatory Medicine (Twitter: @JourPM)
- The Society’s peer-reviewed, open-access journal.
Our origins and additional resources
- Learn about “Doc Tom” Ferguson, the true visionary who coined the term “e-patient” in the 1990s, and accurately foresaw what was starting to happen. The colleagues he collected are the founders of our society.
- Our driving force: the e-Patient White Paper (PDF), in English and Spanish
- Wikipedia pages for participatory medicine (patient participation)