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Sunday, October 7, 2012 Keynote Speaker: "e-Patient Dave" (David deBronkart)
*slides from Dave's talk*

Dave deBronkart e-Patient Dave is an internationally recognized, engaging speaker on Participatory Medicine and personal health data rights. With a genuine smile and confident demeanor, David deBronkart, Jr., is both a cancer survivor and blogger who became a recognized activist for patients' rights in healthcare, when upon a routine shoulder x-ray he was diagnosed with metastasized Stage IV, grade 4, renal cell carcinoma. He was thought to have a median survival time of 24 weeks at diagnosis.

Dave is a long-time member of online communities. He responded to his diagnosis by seeking internet resources while receiving cancer treatment at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He joined an expert patient community at the Association of Cancer Online Resources (ACOR). He started his own online journal and continues to engage others online with a support community on CaringBridge.

As an accomplished speaker and writer in his professional life prior to his illness, e-Patient Dave is now an outstanding online leader and community blogger who was recognized on the front page of the Boston Globe for his activism in Participatory Medicine. He engaged with the D.C. policy discussions about patient access to medical records under Meaningful Use. Today he is an activist for patients to become agents of their own healthcare, shifting the balance of power through Participatory Medicine. As that evolves, he continues to advocate for patient partnership with clinicians on a team that manages personal health in partnership with clinical experts.

Expect to feel your own connection with e-Patient Dave. As medical librarians we share a similar calling as seekers of health information for the good of the patient.

Monday, October 8, 2012 Featured Speakers:

Rose J. Prissel, R.D., L.D.
Clinical Registered Dietician
Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN

Rose J. PrisselRose is a clinical registered dietitian as well as a certified specialist in sports nutrition dietitian. She joined Mayo Clinic in 1986, and has spent the past 25 years working with a variety of clients, who desire and/or need to understand how nutrition can improve their well-being. Rose has worked closely with Chefs at the Cooks of Crocus Hill and Mayo Clinic's Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, preparing cooking demonstrations and cooking classes to teach clients how to take simple ingredients and create wonderful tasting food. Rose works at Mayo Clinic Healthy Living at the Mall of America and in the Division of Endocrinology, Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Rose Prissel was a contributor to the PBS show and book "The Mayo Clinic Diet," and many other Mayo health-related publications. Rose is on the board of the Community Food Response in Rochester, MN, and volunteers at the Rochester Dorothy Day House. Both these organizations work with feeding the hungry and those in need.

Tim Cockram
Executive Chef, Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN

*recipes from Chef Cockram's talk*

Tim Cockram Born in Washington D.C., Chef Tim Cockram moved to Owatonna, Minnesota in 1989. With his mother working full-time and his dad going to school and working there was a void for a cook around the house. He wasn't too fond of his brother's culinary ability so he began cooking to his palate. At the age of fourteen, Tim got his first job as a dishwasher at Ramada Inn in Owatonna. After a few months in the dish room and constantly asking the chef when he would get the opportunity to cook, he was finally given the opportunity to start on the fryers in the spring of 1990.

After working many events and cooking for the restaurant, he knew this was his calling. At the young age of seventeen, he was already cooking for weddings, private functions and other events under Chef Nick Krekelberg, and he learned his culinary foundations while attending high school. After graduating from high school he went on to work in various restaurants for two years, gaining experience and industry knowledge.

Tim went on to attend Le Cordon Bleu in Mendota Heights, MN. While attending school he continued to work in multiple restaurants until his externship at the Radisson in Rochester under Chef James Ertelt. Once finished with school, he became the head chef at the Oaks supper club in Hayfield, MN, where he created recipes and honed his culinary skills. In 2004, Tim was approached and hired by the Owatonna Country Club. After two years he was promoted to Executive Chef/Director of Food and Beverage Operations. He assumed many duties, including showcasing his talents and creativity through customized menus, homemade recipes, trends, and pairings.

Tim is active in the American Culinary Foundation as the Treasurer for the Southeastern Minnesota ACF chapter and the Director of Culinary Scholarships for the Drew Woodwick Memorial Culinary Scholarship. He is now working towards becoming a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation.