I leave for Australia in a few days, where I’ll be a keynote speaker at the Inaugural Narcolepsy Patient Conference hosted by NSG Australia.
After returning from Australia, I’ll be taking off for Fort Lauderdale! I’ve been invited to speak at Nova Southeastern University on May 8th for their Grand Rounds and a Continuing Education (CE) event. NSU is the eighth largest not-for-profit private university in the nation and operates 20 different health care centers across the Miami-Dade and Broward county. I can’t wait to raise narcolepsy awareness with the NSU community.
At noon, I will be the speaker for Grand Rounds to researchers, clinicians and faculty at the College of Osteopathic Medicine (who teach medical students and run the clinic), the College of Medical Sciences (who do research and teach sciences for all the health professional students), and the College of Healthcare Sciences (who teach and run the allied health clinics for PA, PT, OT, Audiology and Anesthesia Anesthetists).
After Grand Rounds, I will be the keynote speaker for a CE event, “What is Narcolepsy?” from 3-5pm for students, other faculty and clinicians from the community. Community members are welcome to join, register here: https://www.nova.edu/webforms/chcs/narcolepsy-workshop/.
The CE Event will be followed with a book signing of Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy.
Sharing my inspiring and informative narcolepsy journey to medical students and health care professionals is an honor and joy. There’s no better feeling than watching perceptions shift, and opening hearts and minds to the true experience of living with narcolepsy.
Big thanks to Cheryl Purvis, Ph.D., Professor of Anatomy at the College of Medical Sciences at NSU, who believes in the power of the patient perspective. I met Dr. Purvis at a conference over four years ago, she saw me speak at one of my very first speaking gigs. For the past two years, we’ve worked together to plan this exciting trip to NSU. It’s no wonder that Dr. Purvis’ optometry students recently named her Medical Sciences Professor of the Year! She’s an amazing health advocate and I’m lucky to work with her to raise narcolepsy awareness.
I’ll share photos and a re-cap after I return!