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PAIR: Innovating

We physicians are smart, resourceful, caring, and diligent — but intractable problems should be solved with innovation, and physicians have not historically been known for their creative engineering skills.  We land on the right side of the curve on organic chemistry exams.  We can memorize the Krebs cycle.  We know the differential diagnosis of a ring-enhancing mass on a head CT, but can we innovate? I think we can innovate — and I believe that teaching creative thinking will be the next chapter in medical education. Collaborative, creative problem-solving skills —“design thinking” — can help doctors solve what ails health care today. (Benjamin Doolittle, MD)

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Office of Technology Management – commercializes research & educational activities at UIC

  • Education on technology transfer, patents, copyrights, licensing, and start-ups
  • Proof of Concept Programs

Innovation Center – collaboration, education and incubation center embedded in UIC (between East and West Campus)

  • Capabilities include: User centered (ethnographic) research, innovation, design, R&D, design planning, engineering, process and methods, product development, innovation education, digital and physical prototyping, Graphical User Interface, collaboration space, digital collaboration tools
  • Interdisciplinary Product Development (IPD) is a two-semester curriculum that integrates the latest technologies and best practices for innovative product development

IMED – Innovation in Medicine Program provides a systematic approach to innovation in clinical practice, through co-curricular and interdisciplinary activities related to medical product design (IMED augments the existing curriculum of the College of Medicine)

MAD Lab  – brings Medicine, Engineering, Industrial Design, Business, and Design Research together to provide concept development for faculty with ideas for healthcare devices; deliverables enable to pursue multiple avenues of funding, to fully develop the concept

  • Submit application and receive response within 1-2 months
  • 10-week process includes problem/idea discovery, background research, concept generation, concept refinement, and deliverables

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MATTER – community of healthcare innovators, an incubator of ideas, and a catalyst for change

  • A curriculum purpose-built for healthcare innovators; workshops include pragmatic advice on how to recruit founders and employees, raise money, identify and approach customers, shorten sales cycles, build pipelines, and scale up for success; also provides leadership training and insights into new regulations and healthcare trends
  • Mentors-in-residence who’ve built healthcare businesses and have deep expertise in healthcare, technology, and entrepreneurship
  • State-of-the-art facilities including the Shop, the Stage, and the AMA Interaction Studio
  • A culture of innovation, experimentation, and collaboration
  • Inspirational keynotes, fireside chats, and panels
  • Access to innovators from across the healthcare ecosystem including pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostics, and health IT companies; venture capitalists; health systems and hospitals; payers; scientists; and physicians
  • Innovative programs, built with our partners, designed to enhance collaboration between stakeholders
  • Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM) – 200 mentors with experience in healthcare industry; 6-month, team-based mentoring

Also, check out a nice introduction to design thinking at Stanford.