Annual seminar inspires medical innovation with a global perspective

Residency Program Insider, December 29, 2017

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 This fall saw more than 220 experts in healthcare, engineering, and business gather together for the second annual Health++ hackathon at Stanford University. The goal was to brainstorm solutions for unmet clinical needs in health care affordability. Thirty product teams submitted ideas ranging from artificial intelligence-based models to predict peripheral arterial disease to mobile applications with $13,000 worth of prizes available. 

This year’s seminar also included an intensive, one-week medical innovation seminar in the week prior to the hackathon. The new addition of the students with their various engineering and design backgrounds brought a much-appreciated level of diversity to the table. In return, the seminar offered the students exposure to basic interviewing/observational skills and privacy, liability, and financial perspectives necessary to succeed in today’s complex environment. 

This traditional learning process is usually taught in-depth during the semester or a year-long fellowship. There still exists a need for replicable introduction to medical innovation for students with limited time and for universities where curricula are not fully established. This seminar model introduces the bio-design curriculum through a blend of lectures and workshops with their own hands-on hackathon. 

Source: Scope Blog, Stanford Medicine  

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