Opinion: Immersion in innovation should be part of every health care professional’s training

Health care innovation saves lives. Medical schools and health care institutions must train innovators in order to sustain innovation, keep it running, and democratize the process.

When it comes to fostering innovation, most academic medical centers, medical schools, and health systems use the “pull” approach: they open technology transfer offices, hire staff, create industry relationships, and then wait for physicians, investigators, trainees (students, residents, and fellows), and other health care providers to initiate contact, submit new inventions, or navigate the typically opaque path of medical innovation and discovery.

That approach works for only the most self-directed, enterprising innovators, largely ignoring the majority of an institution’s health care professionals.

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