Entrepreneurial Courselet for Phd Students in Medicine
Christine Q. Kurihara, Elizabeth D. Mellins, William R. Overall, and Paul G. Yock, Stanford University
Stanford's Introduction to Medicine course is offered to PhD students in the medical sciences to introduce approaches used by physicians to understand human disease. The course uses diabetes mellitus as an example disease and provides lectures, discussions, computer demonstrations, and teaching materials. Student teams solve problems in multi-system diseases, and the resulting projects can lead to marketable innovations. In order to aid teams that develop potentially marketable technologies, the Intro to Medicine faculty invited the Program in Biodesign to create a CD based, directed minicourse on entrepreneurial issues in medical device development. Biodesign's own Innovation course features, in part, a series of speakers discussing entrepreneurial aspects of device invention. A courselet was developed using selected, indexed video content from the Biodesign course paired with supporting documents such as worksheets and examples and set into a content structure around issues in Entrepreneurship. This paper will discuss the development of the courselet.
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