Advancing Innovation in Medicine: Expanding the Physician’s Toolbox

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Guckien, Zoe; Woloshuk, Andre; Patel, Neal; Sivaprakasam, Andrew; Warrick, Adam; Garcia, Luis
Introduction/Background: Health care professionals and health professions students are at the forefront of patient care and therefore witness patients’ unmet clinical needs on a daily basis. However, health professionals and students often lack the tools, training, or opportunity to solve these problems. Medical education rightfully prepares medical students to be skillful clinicians, but lacks curriculum to foster entrepreneurial and innovative skill sets that are increasingly important in the evolving medical landscape. 

Study Objective: The Advancing Innovation In Medicine (AIM) student group was founded with the goal of providing an outlet for students with an interest in medical innovation to gain hands-on experience for future careers as physician-innovators. 
Methods: AIM uses a two-fold approach to engage its members, including yearly longitudinal innovation projects and instructional workshops. Longitudinal innovation projects are intended to develop skill sets in 1) problem identification 2) brainstorming/ideation 3) idea validation and 4) prototyping. Instructional workshops are planned to provide students with complementary, practical knowledge to support future ventures in topics such as circuit analysis, 3D printing, intellectual property, customer discovery, and career development. 

Results: Innovation projects allow for interactive collaboration on real-world health care problems identified through AIM members and physician partners at IUSM. In the 2019-2020 academic year, AIM members ideated, prototyped, and presented a neonatal resuscitation device to address inefficiency and design flaws in currently available technology. Example past instructional sessions include 3D printing and circuit analysis workshops to build skills directly applicable to longitudinal projects. Additional workshops in topics such as an entrepreneurial careers in medicine panel and a how-to-brainstorm seminar were conducted to prepare members for their future careers. Conclusions: By engaging students in this innovation-centered curriculum, AIM’s goal is to empower its members to address health care problems at early stages in their careers and use their passion and curiosity to impact the future of health care. In the future, AIM hopes to form partnerships with academic and healthcare institutions across Indiana to create multi-disciplinary student design teams to tackle health care problems and foster innovative thinking within medical education.
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