I often think I was meant to be a hippie and was born at the wrong time. A bow tie and navy blazer wearing hippie. That could be a thing, right? Anyway, growing up we listened to a lot of folk music. I remember the first time I saw Arlo Guthrie in concert and he played Alice’s Restaurant. Wow!

There’s a spoken verse in the nearly 20 minute long song* where Guthrie says:

You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and they won’t take him. And if three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement.

Well, friends, let’s start a movement!

I’m asking for people (hint: if you are reading this, you qualify) to record short videos about their desires for the ideal patient/provider relationship.

These videos will be a cacophony of voices. I suspect we’ll hear some common themes. And I also hope we’ll hear some individualism. After all, no two people are alike and no two patient/provider relationships will be exactly alike.

I’ll take the videos and compile them into one big video project. It will end up on youtube, so you’ll need to be comfortable with it being shown online if you submit something.

I’ll license the video as Creative Commons Attribution-ShareALike 3.0 So we can all make use of the video, provided it is properly attributed.

Creative Commons License

How might this get used?

My first plan is to create one large video with portions or entire clips from individual submissions. I’ll upload it. We can all use it.

It’ll be a movement! Imagine all our engaged, empowered voices! A movement!

I also have immediate plans to share some of the snippets with hospital executives and physicians who desire to more fully embrace patient engagement, shared decision making and patient-centered care.

If you are also interested in directly working with hospitals who may be interested in patient advisors, please let me know and I’ll make your contact info available when I share the clips during talks, etc.

Deadline - 8/31/2013

Format: 30–60 second videos

Setting Super informal, just using your webcam. Office or home settings perfectly fine. Just make sure you can be heard clearly.


  • Intro - name
  • About you (non clinical info, hobbies, age, etc)
  • About your DX or concern
  • What you want in a provider - how you want to be treated and how you want that relationship to function
  • How people can find you online?

Might be best to avoid naming providers or organizations, or citing particularly negative experiences in detail. Remember, we want to inspire, not shame.


  • Mac: Launch iMovie. Chose Import from Camera from the File Menu. Record your video. Chose Export from the Share Menu.
  • iPhone: Launch your camera. Set it to video mode. Hold at arm’s length or have someone else record you.
  • Windows: Wave a rubber chicken in front of the computer? Seriously, I have no idea.

Send * Email me the file * Upload to youtube and send me the link via email or twitter * Upload to dropbox and share with me * Upload to my file inbox here, no dropbox account required

_________ * note I’m not linking to the song. Guthrie says some lines —I believe as ironic humor from a different era —which are ugly and disrespectful. I believe he was mocking what he perceived to be the attitudes of military recruiters of the time, but not reflecting his individual beliefs. Don’t buy the song. Just enjoy the reference here.