You will come out the other end armed with a comprehensive toolkit for healthcare innovation.
What’s more, you will join a global community of innovators passionate about solving healthcare related problems and other innovation challenges.
The MIT-HMS Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp is a new accelerated-learning program by Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care and the MIT Bootcamps.
You will attend lectures on healthcare, innovation, and entrepreneurship from faculty at both universities, and work on project teams to start a new healthcare venture in one week.
In one week, the Bootcamp will provide you with experiences healthcare entrepreneurs face in the first 1-2 years of a new venture.
It’s time to innovate! Join our global innovation community. We are an inclusive meritocracy.
Check out these short videos on our past Bootcamps:
Early Bird Application Deadline
*Submit Round 1 by May 1, 12am ET (Boston Time)
August 12 - 17
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvard Medical School
What's unique about attending the MIT-HMS Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp?
Receive immediate feedback and coaching from MIT-HMS instructors and coaches.
Accelerate your professional and personal development in an intensive, fun, and supportive environment.
Join a global community of innovators passionate about solving challenges through innovation.
Bootcampers are expected to be active learning partners with other Bootcampers and coaches. Lectures are interactive and project time is driven by the team.
Throughout the program, Bootcampers will learn and practice a variety of new skills related to entrepreneurship and innovation.
They will learn directly from MIT and Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care instructors, coaches, and guest speakers as well as through their experiences in project teams.
Each Bootcamper has the opportunity to be CEO, leading the team through its project work for a day. Active learning is an experience, and in one week, the Bootcamp provides participants many experiences most entrepreneurs and innovators face in the first 1-2 years of a new venture.
Develop Innovation-Driven Venture Skills
- Identify, define, and characterize problems
- Spot opportunities for innovation
- Segment and analyze opportunities
- Evaluate and choose innovation diffusion pathways
- Evaluate and choose models of new ventures
- Conduct customer and market research both qualitatively and quantitatively
- Design customer journey
- Establish foundation of product development
- Evaluate and choose market strategy
- Develop an in depth understanding of your customer
- Identify and quantify sources of value
- Map and influence customer decision making process
Gain In-Depth Knowledge in Healthcare
- Learn the areas of opportunity in healthcare
- Develop a nuanced understanding of how healthcare is transforming
- How to pilot a medical innovation
- Understand the role of Institutional Review Boards for medical innovations
- Learn the legal and regulatory aspects of healthcare
- Understand current and future healthcare payment structures
- How to work with hospitals and clinics
- How to get the most out of patient engagement
- How to evaluate medical innovations
And much more from Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care's healthcare expertise, MIT's innovation frameworks, world-class experts and innovators...
What to Expect at Bootcamp
Here's what past Bootcampers have said about their experience...
Who is the Bootcamp for?
Past Bootcampers have come from a diversity of backgrounds:
- Early stage entrepreneurs
- Serial entrepreneurs
- Individuals in transition or looking for a career change
- Doctors, lawyers, and other service based professionals
- Graduate students & researchers
- Innovation managers
- Family business owners
- Product managers
- NGO leaders
- Corporate professionals
- Designers & creatives
- Professors & educators
Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, is an associate professor of health care policy and medicine at Harvard Medical School and a hospitalist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Mehrotra’s research focuses on interventions to decrease costs and improve quality of care. Much of his work has focused on innovations in delivery such as retail clinics…
Claire Cecile Pierre
Chief of Quality and Medical Informatics, South End Community Health Center
Director, Program in Health Systems Strengthening and Social Change
Dr. Pierre is an instructor in global health and social medicine, director of the Program in Global Health Systems Strengthening and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, and instructor at Cambridge Health Alliance. Her research interests are health care workforce reinforcement through global partnerships; strengthening health systems across the post disaster periods (humanitarian, recovery, etc.);…
Eric von Hippel is T Wilson Professor of Innovation Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and Professor of Engineering Systems at MIT. Von Hippel is known for his research into the sources of innovation. He and his colleagues find that innovation is shifting away from product and service producers to product and service…
Gajen Sunthara is the Director of Innovation R&D at Boston Children’s Hospital and is the founder of 1upHealth. Prior to this, he helped tech-architect President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative at the White House, worked at The United States Digital Service (USDS), and served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow (PIF) at the U.S. Department of Health…
Jeff Sabados is currently co-Founder of a drug development company for anxiety and trauma related disorders, Resilience Therapeutics, based in Boston, MA. Over 40 million Americans suffer from anxiety and an estimated 8 million Americans suffer from PTSD. In fact, PTSD is a major contributor to the suicides of approximately 20 Veterans everyday. Jeff is…
As Assistant Director of IRB Operations, Kim is responsible for managing the convened IRB process at Harvard Longwood Medical Area (LMA) Schools, including Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Dental Medicine. Kim continues in her role as a member of the IRB Review Specialist team reviewing initial…
Dr. Krishna Yeshwant is a physician, programmer, and entrepreneur who has been working with GV since its inception. He first joined Google as part of the New Business Development team. Prior to Google, Krishna helped start an electronic data interchange company that was acquired by Hewlett-Packard and a network security company that was acquired by…
Ricky previously worked at Google on the Google Apps for Business team to automate support for customer issues and forecast demand to staff hundreds of employees around the globe. Afterward he built tools to improve search engine optimization and online marketing using machine learning at Promediacorp for companies like Sony, Microsoft, and Forever21. Prior to…
Zach Malchano has a background in engineering (MIT EE, Harvard/MIT BME) and medical device innovation (Stanford Biodesign Fellowship). He has helped build as a founder or early employee several medical device startup companies over the past 10 years including leading products into clinical studies and through regulatory approvals. He has also served as an entrepreneur…
Zirui Song, MD, PhD is an assistant professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School and an internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Song’s research has focused on changes in health care spending and quality under global payment, the impact of Medicare fee policies on spending and physician behavior, and the economics…
Coaches (More To Be Announced)
Nicky Agahari is the founder of INCONFIDENCE, a discreet, non-invasive, and wearable medical device that helps patients suffering from incontinence. With a rapidly aging society globally and with over 70% of patients in aged care suffering from incontinence; INCONFIDENCE hopes to offer a solution to patients that treats the neurological core of incontinence through neuromodulation…
MIT-HMS Bootcamp Team
The team at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Primary Care and MIT selects the best applicants to create a cohort of innovators with the potential to change the world. The application process consists of two rounds:
Submit background information, resume, and 60-second video introduction
After completing the Video Essays, you will receive an admissions decision for the Bootcamp
NOTE: admissions are conducted on a rolling basis! The sooner you apply to the Bootcamp, the sooner the team will process your application.
Early Bird Fee
Apply by May 1st, 2018
Applications after May 1st, 2018
*USD. Covers program and food for the duration of the MIT-HMS Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp. Please note you will still be responsible for cost of travel and accommodation. Please don't worry about the cost to attend, just apply.
CMEs and CEUs
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
McLean Hospital designates this educational activity for a maximum of 27.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This program is co-sponsored by McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care. McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This offering meets the criteria for 27.5 C.E. hour(s) for psychologists. For more information, please email email@example.com.
This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 27.5 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.
For information about continuing education credit for social workers, please call 617-432-8237.
At the end of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Identify, define, and characterize problems in the healthcare domain.
- Develop an in depth understanding of your customer.
- Describe effective ways to present to seasoned investors.
- Review and evaluate medical innovations.
- Collaborate with patients, providers, hospitals and clinics.
- Develop a nuanced understanding of how healthcare is transforming.
Fundraising - The Entrepreneurship Challenge
For each program, we can only offer scholarships to a handful of candidates, so if you are admitted, please do not wait to come up with funding until we have made scholarship decisions and let your ability to attend be determined by this decision.
The MIT-HMS Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp journey does not start on the first day of the program but rather from the moment you begin your application. If you are unable to self-fund, sponsorship, crowdfunding, and other scholarships are potential sources of funding for tuition. Researching the appropriate sources and crafting your message to approach them and convince them to invest in your future are skills that you will practice often on your journey as a successful innovator. Instead of seeing raising funds for tuition as an obstacle or setback, see it as a challenge to overcome as an innovator.
You can share the following documents with sponsors so they can understand more about the MIT-HMS Healthcare Innovation Bootcamp:
If you require a tourist visa to travel to the United States please apply as soon as possible. Please use your admissions letter to the Bootcamp as a supporting document if required.
How should you prepare for the Bootcamp?
Take the MIT Bootcamps MOOCs. MIT’s motto is mens et manus - minds and hands - theory plus practice or action learning. MIT Bootcamps are more than a semester’s worth of work in 6 days. To be best prepared to internalize and practice everything you learn during the program (action learning), we recommend you complete the four MIT Bootcamps MOOCs (theory) before the start of the program. Each course (6-8 modules each) can be completed over a couple days if that’s all you do (we don’t recommend this), or over two to three weeks at a more relaxed pace.
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