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Cutting-edge medical training for tomorrow’s physician-innovators

Are you an aspiring innovator with an existing PhD? You’ve come to the right place.

The Medical Innovators Development Program (MIDP) trains candidates with PhDs in basic and applied sciences through a 4-year, innovation-centered MD curriculum.

We’re raising up the next generation of physician innovators by bringing together engineers and applied scientists from diverse backgrounds in a clinical environment. Together, we’ll practice empathy-driven innovation to unearth new questions, challenge the status quo, and redefine the medical field of tomorrow.

The MIDP is internationally unique and covers the cost of your med school tuition. You won’t find a program like this anywhere else in the world.

Nuts and Bolts of Physician-Innovation

In the MIDP, you’ll travel with your cohort through the full four-year MD curriculum at VUSM, but the path you take will be innovation-focused.

Through intensive design-thinking training and applied experiences in industry, you’ll graduate from the MIDP fully equipped to:

  • Identify existing clinical problems at the health systems level
  • Translate engineering principles into solutions that improve your patients’ wellbeing
  • Navigate the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the patent process
  • Bridge the gap between academia, industry, and healthcare
  • Become a leader in medical technology innovation

By the end of the program, you’ll be more than a physician with a unique perspective. You’ll be a field-transforming innovator.

After MIDP, what’s next?

With MIDP’s unparalleled combination of deep clinical understanding and strategic biomedical design, you’ll be well positioned to follow any of these paths after graduation:

Residency +/- fellowship to industry leadership
Many MIDP grads choose to pursue a residency and fellowship in the specialty of their choice. After taking your medical training to the next level, you’ll be even better equipped to innovate in industry and clinical environments.

Residency +/- fellowship to academic leadership
Completing your medical training in a specialty could also lead to leadership in an academic medicine setting. Become a mentor for the next generation of medical innovators!

Industry leadership or startup venture
After spending a season immersed in an industry or startup setting, you’ll be well-equipped to join an innovation team straight out of med school, if you so choose. Your medical knowledge and hands-on clinical experience will be invaluable resources for whatever team you join.

Government or foundation leadership
Navigating the FDA, designing effective patents, collaborating across disciplines—you’ll gain all these skills and more through the MIDP, paving the way for you to take leadership in a government or non-profit foundation setting.

When you join the MIDP, you’re joining a cohort of current and future field leaders, academic and industry colleagues who’ll leave their mark on medicine for decades to come.

Sound like you? Check out what life in the MIDP is like.