The Distinction in Medical Innovation and Entrepreneurship (DiMIE) aims to provide clinicians-in-training with the knowledge and skills necessary to address endemic problems in healthcare. The DiMIE program will help students understand various models of healthcare delivery, enabling them to identify problems and come up with unique solutions. Students will have an opportunity to develop their ideas in a team-based setting, with the ultimate goal of producing an innovation with the potential for implementation/commercialization. Activities such as market analysis, writing a business plan, device prototyping, patent disclosure, and investment pitches will be available for students pursuing this distinction. It is our hope that the newly established DiMIE will enable the next generation of physician innovators to improve the delivery of healthcare.
Students are encouraged to express interest in the program by the spring semester of their first year or during the summer between first and second years. All proposed projects will be reviewed, monitored, and evaluated by the Distinction in Medical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee.
Trainees choose a medical/surgical disciplinary focus and seek to understand unmet patient and clinical needs while shadowing an integrated team (clinicians, nursing, administration, etc.) ‘Immersion’ schedule is individualized to the student and mentor needs, allowing for flexibility in scheduling summer activities. At the conclusion of the summer, trainees select a clinical problem to solve and stakeholder(s) agree to mentor. Supplemental program lectures include mobile health, instrumentation, robotics, trauma services, etc. Program to take place at RWJUH; New Brunswick and Somerset locations, St. Peter’s Hospital, and affiliate RWJMS sites.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Center for Innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
School of Engineering