MD++ is a community of 800+ medical students interested in technology, business, and life sciences. We empower the next generation of physician-innovators who will improve healthcare delivery through the intersection of technology, business, health policy, and life sciences.

We aim to (1) to create opportunities for medical students to build skills and connections in technology, business, and life sciences (2) advocate for sustainable pathways to pursue physician-led innovation within medical education and alongside clinical practice (3) and connect current and future communities of physician-innovators.

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Innovation Challenge

Healthcare in the United States is far from perfect. How would you innovate to improve healthcare in terms of outcomes, experience or cost?

Digital Health 📱Data & AI 📈Health Policy 🏛️Clinical Workflow & QI 🏥Med Devices 🤖/ Life Sciences 🧬
Prizes 💰
$2K (1st Prize), $1K (2nd Prize), $500 (3rd Prize)

Kickoff on May 17 at 8pm ET
We’ll provide an overview of the Innovation Challenge. Attending the kickoff does not commit you to the challenge.

Form a team and an idea with other MD++ students.Join optional educational workshops over the course of 3 weeks. Topics include defining the problem, assessing the market, determining impact, and crafting your story.Pitch your idea at the Innovation Showcase on Thursday, June 3rd.
Why Participate?
Meet other MD++ members and build your network (these are future colleagues, co-founders, or mentors)Build your foundational knowledge and skills that will aid in future “++” experiencesWalk away with a tangible idea that you’ve thought through and can either pursue or draw upon in future conversations and interviewsDid we mention the prizes?

Kickoff / info: May 17th 8PM EST (Monday)
Intro topicsIdea formationTeam formationIntro on different tracksIntro on the logistics (workshops, benefits, prizes, timeline)
Workshop series Recordings will be available, but you’ll get free dinner for rolling out for ~1hr and a chance to ask Q/A if you attend in person!
Workshop #1 - The Problem → iterative ideation: need finding; How to pair down broad concepts, iteratively ideate, and connect the pieces (potentially hosted by Healthcare by Design)Workshop #2 - Scalability / Market: Thinking about the macro and micro market/policy/reg forces that influence your ideas and their trajectoriesWorkshop #3 - Impact: Thinking about the stakeholders and their ROIs to help this idea become irresistible for systematic adoptionWorkshop #4 - The Story: All about the pitch and how to craft the story
Innovation Showcase: June 3rd 8PM EST (Thursday)

Sponsored by

VP of Advocacy

Jay Canarick, MS4 @Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Jay is taking a year off from medical school at Albert Einstein to pursue an MBA at Kellogg. At Einstein, Jay is a member of student council and has been involved in Quality Improvement research at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore. Prior to med school, Jay worked at Parthenon-EY, a strategy consulting firm, focusing his work on healthcare strategy for providers and pharmaceutical companies, and private equity commercial due diligence. Jay graduated summa cum laude from Duke University, with a B.S. in Neuroscience.

VP of External Relations

Daniel Friedman, MS4 @Columbia Medical School

Daniel is a senior MD/MBA student at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons and Columbia Business School. He works with Heartbeat Health as a product designer and clinical strategist, and he led the health systems curriculum at his medical school. He holds a B.A. in Neuroscience & Behavior from Columbia University, where he managed the business arm of his college newspaper as Publisher of the Columbia Daily Spectator.

Founder & Chair

Sherman Leung, MS2 @Icahn School of Medicine at Mt Sinai

Sherman is a medical student and early-stage healthcare investor with AlleyCorp. Before medical school, he worked as an enterprise technology investor at Underscore VC and a product manager at PatientPing and Mango Health building care coordination and medication adherence products. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science and M.S. in Management Science & Engineering from Stanford University, where he conducted machine learning research and organized healthcare hackathons.

VP of Community

Bethany Dubois MS1 @ Icahn SOM

Bethany is an MS1 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and currently working on methods development for computational drug discovery at D. E. Shaw Research. She holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Computational Biology from Brown University, where she contributed to various research projects, served as an EMT, and played varsity rugby. She is always working to create intentional, inclusive spaces for community, collaboration, and innovation.

Director of Medical Student Entrepreneurship

Jon Wang, MS2 @UCSF

Jon is an MS1 at UCSF and incoming research associate for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He graduated with an MS/BS in bioinformatics from Stanford, where he cofounded Stanford Undergraduate Hospice and Palliative Care and Golden Gate Science Olympiad and published research on machine learning for personalized order sets. Prior to medical school, he was a data science intern for Apple and a founding-member the startup XP Health.

Exec Team Emeritus

Joy Jin, MS2 @UCSF
Sara Kianian, MS2 @Stony Brook

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