On Thursday, October 6, 2016, more than 55 individuals from over 40 institutions attended a workshop held during the 2016 BMES Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, MN. This event served as a forum to open lines of communication and exchange experiences among those involved and/or interested in graduate medical innovation programs. Co-hosted by the master’s programs in Translational Medicine programs at the University of California Berkeley/San Francisco and The City College of New York, the workshop was designed to address several goals:
- Gather interested individuals in graduate medical innovation programs to open lines of communication and support collaboration.
- Discuss programmatic similarities and differences and identify best practices for curriculum, recruitment, and student career placement.
- Establish a network to build broader awareness of these types of programs among prospective students and potential employers.
A wide range of topics were discussed throughout the session, including programmatic branding and nomenclature, student recruitment and placement, faculty participation, curriculum, and student placement. The group brainstormed on best practices, and conducted small group discussions on topics that were prioritized: people (e.g., branding, student recruitment), process (e.g., faculty recruitment, grading, funding, program validation and recognition), and product (e.g., industry placement, developing competitive candidates for hire).
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One of the outputs of the workshop was the collection of information about graduate programs in medical innovation. Please submit information about your graduate program. We will post the results at this site.