What is MedStart?

Born out of the MD/MBA program at Tufts, MedStart believes in solving real problems with real solutions through Innovation Challenges. One weekend each year, we bring key stakeholders across the healthcare, technology and business spectrum to team-up, break down silos and build things that matter. This year, we have set our sights on reinventing medical education.

Tufts MedStart

Schedule for 2015

The schedule for our upcoming is still a work in progress. Below is a general guideline. Register for more updates.

Thurs. – Jan 29, 2015

Innovation Night - We begin with an evening of fascinating talks across disciplines to inspire our participants. Optional, but highly recommended. We open this event up to all of the Tufts Health Campus as well as all who attend this event.

Fri. – Jan 30, 2015

The Innovation Challenge commences by participants discussing problems worth solving, forming teams and pitching solutions. Teams begin to collaborate with mentors and resources.

Sat. – Jan 31, 2015

Teams continue to work from morning to the evening with researching, building, experimenting, pivoting, and rebuilding their projects. We provide pitching practice sessions and guidance by mentors to help accelerate the process from idea to reality.

Sun. – Feb 1, 2015

Teams finish their projects and presentations by a morning deadline. Participants come together to watch each others presentations, delivered to a panel of esteemed judges. Winners are announced and we wrap-up one amazing weekend.


Our 2015 Application is finally here! Whether you’re looking to participate for the entire weekend or just catch some of the talks, we have an easy application process that won’t take more than a few minutes. Click here to find out more and apply.

Check Out the Prizes and Resources

We’ve searched far and wide to put together the best toolkit for participants, including hardware, software and open data sets. We also have over $4000+ of prizes and experiences aimed at helping the winning teams bring their ideas to life. 

Speakers, Mentors and Organizers

Mentor, MD/MBA Director, VP at Genzyme in Global Patient Safety, Pharmacovigilance, and Risk Management
Jon A. Chilingerian, PhD
Mentor, Associate Professor of Human Services Management
Kate Donovan, PhDc, MBA, BS
Mentor, Co-founder of Hacking Pediatrics | entrepreneur | business owner | medical educator at Boston Children’s Hospital | quintessential technogeek | MIT
Joe Jabre
Judge, Former MD/MBA Director at Tufts, Neurologist, CEO at TeleEMG
Mentor; Assistant Professor of Public Health; Program Director, Digital Health Communications
Alisa Niksch
Mentor, Pediatric Electrophysiologist, Medical Devices Investigator and Advisor
Daniel Karlin
Mentor, Academic Psychiatrist, Informatician, Human Experimental Biology Lead at Pfizer
Laura Snydman Photo
Mentor, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Internist
Judge, Associate Dean for Faculty Development; Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Rohit Khanna
Mentor, President of Catalytic Health
Mentor; Hacking Peds Winning Family Advocate; Innovator in Pt Safety, Quality, Leadership
Chip Ach
Mentor, Senior Architect (MDP) at athenahealth
Judge, Senior Business Development Manager (MDP) at athenahealth
Mentor, Co-Founder at The Doctor's Channel, CME expert, former Internist
Judge, Co-Founder and Partner at Romulus Capital
Judge, Principal Scientist at Boston Scientific
Mentor, Virtual Reality Guru at EnterpriseVR
Mentor; Senior Software Engineer, MAK Technologies; Speciality in VR
Mentor, CEO and Co-Founder of Verbal Applications Inc., makers of VerbalCare
Jennifer Joe
Mentor, CEO at Medstro, Emergency Physician at the VA
Mentor, Co-Founder and CTO at ReelDx.com
Mentor, Co-founder at Wellist, Former strategist at Phillips and Bain and Co.
Michael Bookman
Mentor, Associate, Latham & Watkins LLP
Jim Ryan
Mentor, Founding Partner at Far Point Ventures, COO at Medstro
Mentor, CEO of Osmosis; MD, MBA Candidate
Rohan Jotwani
Organizer, MD/MBA Candidate
Mahima Vijay
Organizer, MD/MBA Candidate
Organizer, MD/MBA Candidate
Paran Yap
Organizer, MD Candidate
Organizer, MD/MBA Candidate
Damien Lazar - Photo Resized
Organizer, MD/MBA Candidate
Shernaz Dossabhoy1
Organizer, MBS/MBA Candidate


Sponsors and Collaborators


The majority of the event will take place at Sackler Hall at the Tufts University School of Medicine located at 145 Harrison Avenue, Boston MA 02111.


Contact Us

Comments or questions are welcome. You may also e-mail us directly at contact@tuftsmedstart.com.

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