Project Spotlight

Medical Innovation + Human-Centered Design Program

Healthcare as a system and individual practice is undergoing radical and accelerating transformation. Modern
day epidemics, such as childhood obesity, require new types of population- and community-based solutions. At
the same time, advancements in fields like genomics create capacity and demand for highly individualized
data-driven care regimens. Future doctors will be called upon not only to integrate these changes into their
own medical practice but also into novel systems of care delivery that reflect these new realities. However,
current medical training curriculum do not provide students with structured approaches to lead these necessary
types of innovation or hands-on experience solving problems with inter-disciplinary teams. To address this, we
propose a new ‘Medical Innovation & Human-Centered Design’ program to a) train UVA medical students in
human-centered design (“design thinking”) and b) provide real-world opportunities to apply these principles,
tools, and procedures.

Medical Innovation + Human-Centered Design Program