MIDP Curriculum

MIDP Curriculum

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's Curriculum 2.0 offers the ability to provide specialized content during the clinical immersion years. Vanderbilt MIDP students will be in a small cohort of students with individualized content in one of our three translational tracks (imaging, informatics and systems design and medical devices) and generalized content in intellectual property, entrepreneurship, management and the FDA regulatory process. Our program will include several unique features incorporated into Curriculum 2.0, and will emphasize multi-disciplinary collaboration with faculty expertise across the medical, engineering and business schools.

Our beta curriculum will be designed to be flexible and responsive to feedback from our students and faculty. Vanderbilt MIDP students will receive four-year full tuition scholarships.

1. Mentorship

MIDP Forum will provide all students on this track a shared experience that includes social and academic support. It will be made up of all students in the program and a Forum advisor. The Forum seminar series will be a student-driven seminar course - interdisciplinary in scope - and will draw topics from the three MIDP topic areas (i.e., imaging, biomedical informatics, and medical devices).This will also be a forum for invited speakers from academia, industry, regulatory agencies and entrepreneurs

Topic-Area mentorship Each student will have a faculty mentor drawn from the student’s primary topic area (i.e., imaging, biomedical informatics, and medical devices). The goal of faculty mentorship is to provide students with a focused sponsor who will help the student navigate the topic area, address any specific challenge areas, and identify resources the student can leverage to advance their topic-specific educational program.

2. Immersion Translational Design Lab – 12 weeks in 3rd Year

The goal of the Translational Design Laboratory is to provide trainees with a real-world experience designing a translational solution to an unmet problem in health or health care.  Students will form teams to address the problem, and have regular meetings with Vanderbilt faculty and, if appropriate, industry advisors. A major emphasis will be to propose practical solutions by leveraging the multi-disciplinary expertise of team members and advisors.

3. New Courses Within Immersion Phase for Training in Business and Entrepreneurship

To become successful applied physician-scientists, students in this program will require focused knowledge about a) the FDA approval process for medical devices; b) the role of industry in the informatics, imaging, and/or device spaces; and c) how synergistic opportunities can develop through academic-industrial partnerships. To address these needs, we propose developing two new courses for 3rd and 4th year medical students during the Immersion Phase of Curriculum 2.0.

  • Introduction to Medical Devices and Technology Transfer – 8 weeks in 3rd year
  • Health Care and Academic-Industrial Immersion — 8 weeks in 4th year

4. Existing courses within Curriculum 2.0

To provide requisite training in imaging, medical devices, and informatics, students will be encouraged to pursue pertinent courses existing and newer Curriculum 2.0 courses.


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