“The needs of the patient come first”
Thanks to the generosity of the Mayo Women’s Heart Clinic, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, and their community partners, I was accepted to attend the all-expenses-paid 7th Annual WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium for Women with Heart Disease in October, 2008 – the first Canadian ever invited to attend.
Mayo Clinic is the first and largest integrated, not-for-profit group practice in the world. With 30+ buildings and two full hospitals in downtown Rochester, Mayo Clinic looks more like an urban university campus than a health care facility. Doctors from every medical specialty work together to care for patients, joined by common systems and a philosophy of “the needs of the patient come first”. Almost 55,000 people work at Mayo Clinic.
Part world-class cardiology training and part community activism bootcamp, every year the unique WomenHeart Symposium brings together about 50 women living with heart disease for four memorable days of clinical lectures on cardiology, diagnostics, drugs and devices, current treatments, nutrition, mental health issues for heart patients, and so much more. These lectures are presented by prestigious specialists described as the “rock stars of cardiology”, those whose work focuses specifically on women and heart disease. Aside from long days of hard work, the training includes guided tours of the Mayo Clinic Cardiovascular Diagnostic Center, fabulous heart-smart buffet meals, Tai Chi For Heart Health, meditation, early morning autumn walks along the lovely Zumbro River, and public speaking training.
Mayo ‘grads’ return home as well-informed community educators ready to help raise awareness of women’s heart health issues from the unique grassroots perspective of Mayo Clinic-trained heart attack survivors.
Check out this Mayo Clinic report and short videos from the 2011 Symposium.
Want To Attend the WomenHeart Symposium at Mayo Clinic this fall?
- a woman living with heart disease?
- at least six months past your last hospitalization for cardiac treatment?
- able to get your doctor’s written permission to travel and to attend this WomenHeart Symposium?
- very comfortable speaking in public?
- fired up by a desire to make a real difference to women’s heart health by leading support groups for other survivors?
If you answer YES to each of these questions, apply today to attend the 2012 WomenHeart Science & Leadership Symposium at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota from October 5-8, 2012.
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