Matthew A. Weed, Ph.D. (SM’93, Grd’01, Ph.D. (Genetics) ’04) is a consultant on improving outcomes and access to healthcare for people with chronic health needs. He also works with students on getting into colleges and health professions schools. He is a speaker on issues people with chronic health concerns face in our healthcare system, the college search process, regulating controversial science and more. His newly updated website is at www.drmatthewweed.com.
Matthew has degrees from Yale, Princeton, and Harvard universities; succeeded in helping many students get into US colleges and health professions schools; completed a rollerblading marathon; co-created technology that made books accessible to the blind; traveled around the world—twice; published in the academic literature; and worked at the National Institutes of Health and University of Wisconsin-Madison. His life proves that, no matter the seeming obstacles, determination, discipline and creativity along with help from people who choose to get involved in others’ lives, can make anything possible for all of us.
Nearly a thousand students have assisted Matthew with the blood glucose monitoring and insulin dosage measurements that he must have done and that continue to be problematic for him to perform independently due to his combined total blindness and brittle type I diabetes. Many now work at leading hospitals, research centers and policy making centers. Matthew’s life experiences have inspired him to work with leading health professions schools on initiatives to cost-effectively improve patient outcomes while helping pre health and health professions students learn how patients manage disease and disability in the world outside of the clinical setting. He is co-developing a new program to teach students how to teach older people how to use technology in order to stay in better touch with everything from health professionals and events in the neighborhood to their families and social networks. He expects this initiative will improve outcomes and save healthcare dollars.
As Matthew’s activities grow, he needs to find people who can assist him with various tasks, many of which are semi-time-flexible.
· Assistance building and running PowerPoint presentations for his various remote presentations and talks; (MS PowerPoint experience required)
· Possible literature research for the grants he’s working on with institutional partners.
· Possible assistance with postings to social media and website maintenance for his business depending on experience, estimated one to six hours per month. Signing an independent contractor agreement is preferred for this task.
· Starting pay is from $15-$18 per hour depending on education and experience. Access to Dr. Weed’s numerous and diverse contacts in science, health, and policy will be available depending on performance.
· Ability to commit in writing to working with Dr. Weed for at least a year is strongly preferred.
· Being self-disciplined, organized, timely and comfortable engaging with others are big pluses.
· Position open until filled.
Interested? Send cover letter and resume + references to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In your letter, please say which sets of tasks are best suited to your interests and skills.