Geoff Capraro, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Division
55 Claverick St. , 2nd Floor
Providence, RI 02903
Sun Ho Ahn, MD, FSIR
Associate Professor of Diagnostic Imaging
Director, IR Residency and Fellowship
Co-Director, Radiology Medical Student Education
Phone: (401) 444-5184
Rhode Island Hospital
593 Eddy Street
Providence, RI 02903
Innovation in science and engineering has been the dominant source of productivity gains and new enterprises in the United States economy over the last 50 years, accounting for as much as 50% of U.S. economic growth. In our increasingly complex, technologically oriented economy, technology and science savvy professionals with the expertise to manage human and financial, in addition to technological, resources are in great demand. No one person has all of the solutions in situations where the state of the art is a moving target, change is relentless, technology is pervasive, and global competition is fierce.
Whether it is in the fields of biotechnology, neuroscience, microelectronics, information technology, or others, it is widely agreed that science, engineering, and medical education must undergo significant changes in order to properly train students. Many science, engineering, and medical school graduates will find themselves in job environments demanding additional skills beyond those offered by traditional programs. With aspirations of wanting to chair or lead a department within a hospital setting, medical school students need to be trained in a new way. With many hospitals having not-for-profit models for each individual department, entrepreneurial skills are of the utmost importance. In addition, high technology infrastructure and equipment will need to be procured and the hospital will have to make a business case for the investment. In addition, some physicians will recognize a need for a new technology and will ultimately want to create a business out of it so others can benefit. We must therefore educate medical students to meet the challenges they will face in the future where innovation, technology management and entrepreneurship will play a key role. Innovation has generated astonishing, tangible benefits to society, including improved healthcare. Today’s challenges center on managing innovation in a rapidly changing global economy and high technology health care setting.
This scholarly concentration is an educational solution designed to address the many issues a medical professional will encounter. By committing to this scholarly concentration during their medical studies, students will receive a set of unique core competencies to lead them in the high technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship workplace.