This year, MedStart will be a healthcare innovation conference fused with components of a startup competition. The event will be held on December 4th and 5th, 2015 at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA. We are doing something that has never been done before by weaving together elements of a startup competition and a more traditional healthcare conference. In addition to the speakers and panelists featured at the event, we will give attendees the resources and guidance they need to build a long lasting company, if they wish. We want to help foster ideas in entrepreneurship through the following themes: technology (biotechnology, devices, wearables, medicine), healthcare policy, design and analytics, global health, and patient engagement.
Our finalized panel topics are listed below, our full listing of panelists can be found here.
- The ABC's of Pitching/Perfecting Your Pitch
- Bench to Bedside
- Emerging Leaders
- Engineering in Healthcare
- How to Find Success in a Startup?
- Innovations in Healthcare Policy and Management
- Patient Engagement
- What to do With Your Data?
Now Announcing a Partnership with the Tufts 100K Competition and the Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge
Teams that are formed at MedStart will receive special consideration when they apply to the Tufts $100k New Ventures Competition or the Boston Scientific Connected Patient Challenge (or both!). More details will be announced at the event, so come prepared to start something new and to win big.
The History of MedStart
MedStart is a Tufts University School of Medicine and PHPD student-run organization dedicated to the cultivation and advancement of global entrepreneurship in healthcare. We support the research, development, and business implementation of disruptive innovations and technologies that improve the quality and productivity of healthcare delivery. MedStart strives to encourage future physicians and all other health care personnel to keep an open mind and facilitate exposure to a wide array of innovations in the field as they progress through medical school, residency, and beyond.
The first event was occurred in 2013 in a partnership between a Brandeis University graduate student (Yuval Barak-Corren), a Tufts University School of Medicine student (Eric Schwaber), and organization called 3DS with the help of two other medical students (Brian Like and Mayur Patel). MedStart was officially founded in 2014 by Brian, Mayur, and Eric. The event would not have been possible if it were not for the guidance and enthusiasm of the former director of the Tufts MD/MBA program, Prof. Joe Jabre, MD, MBA. In the first year, the organization partnered with Hacking Medicine at MIT and the Presidential Innovation Fellows program to create a “Blue Button Challenge.” The goal was simple: bring together bright and diverse minds from fields of study such as medicine, business, technology, and engineering to collaborate for one weekend to produce an innovative product and to run with that product by creating a startup company. This was a traditional three day startup competition with the theme of increasing health data access for patients. In the second year, the organization was led by Shernaz Dossabhoy, Rohan Jotwani, Damien Lazar, Mahima Vijay, Paran Yap, Courtney Scanlon, and Monica Stadecker. The theme was “Reinventing MedEd” which focused on innovation in medical education.