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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 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.

1. Innovation Forums

Forums will provide all students a shared experience that includes social and academic support. It will be made up of all students in the program and a Forum speaker. The Forum seminar series will be a student-driven seminar course. The sessions will be completely interdisciplinary. Forum speakers will be invited based off their expertise from academia, industry, regulatory agencies and entrepreneurs.

2. Innovation Activism

The Innovation Activism course runs concurrently with the clinical clerkships during the second year. Students will learn engineering processes for observing and listening to the voice of the clinical customer, and identifying their unmet needs. At the conclusion of the clerkship phase, each student will have described several clinical problem statements for future development in the laboratory in years three and four. Students will be guided through this process by engineering and clinical faculty.

3. Innovation Design Experience and Application (IDEA) Laboratory – 12 weeks in 3rd Year

The goal of the IDEA 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 one or more of the problems identified in their clinical clerkships through the Innovation Activism course. They will 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.

4. Business and Entrepreneurship

To become a successful applied physician-scientists, students in this program will require focused knowledge about a) the FDA approval process for medical devices; b) entrepreneurship and business concepts; and c) issues related to intellectual property, health policy, and global health. In this course, students will work closely with other Vanderbilt departments, labs, centers, and groups to connect with the best entrepreneurship programming across the University, and beyond when appropriate. Special attention will be given to industry level innovation activities to encourage a diffusion of the culture of design thinking—integrating the needs of people, the possibilities of technology. This course is a compliment to the MIDP Idea Lab clinical capstone course allowing for the continued stage-gating of testing model, communication of design, and business planning.

5. Industry Immersion

The industry immersion is a chance for our students to take what they have learned in the classroom and apply it to industry level innovation teams. The industry and team will be decided based off of the student’s interests. This will be an away month in September of their fourth year.

6. Monthly Right Brain Activities

To become a successful physician in the Medical Innovators Development Program believes that you must exercise your right brain as much as your left brain. Our students are required to attend a monthly right brain activity as a group.

7. 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.

Competencies gained from MIDP curriculum

  1. Mindful Leadership
  2. Storytelling
  3. Starting a venture
  4. Design thinking
  5. Navigating the FDA


Additional Resources

Medical Student Research

Vanderbilt Institute in Surgery and Engineering (VISE)

Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (VUIIS)