Distinction in Medical Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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.


  • Prepare RWJMS clinicians-in-training to think creatively, innovate and advocate for patient-centered, efficient and effective health care.
  • Understand successful entrepreneurship and key technology commercialization concepts
  • Assess healthcare innovations for commercialization potential and actualize journey from ideation to market
  • Work in a team-based environment with opportunity for development of peer collaboration and leadership skills
  • Build a versatile network with faculty innovators and industrial partners


  1. Submit an initial application for an entrepreneurial project to Program Director (preferably by end of M1 year)
  2. Attain 8 BEN Seminar credits prior to final project presentation. These include, but are not limited to, lunchtime lectures, workshops, and design sprints. These events will be offered virtually or in-person as circumstances dictate. 
  3. Complete entrepreneurial project and present an oral presentation to the DiMIE Program Director.
    • Must meet with project mentor(s) for a minimum of two 1:1 sessions prior to final oral presentation.

For more information contact

Paul Weber, MD

Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education
Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Email:  pfw6@rwjms.rutgers.edu
Office: 732-235-4833

Tomer Davidov MD FACS

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Email:  davidoto@rwjms.rutgers.edu
Office: 732-235-7920
Cell: 732-470-5271

Susan Engelhardt, MS

Executive Director
Center for Innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
School of Engineering
Email:  engels@rci.rutgers.edu
Office: 848-445-6572
Cell: 732-266-5884