By Sherman Leung, Jennifer Dias, Katie Hanss
Healthcare innovation has long overlooked the disparities and inequities that our most marginalized communities face on a daily basis. One’s zip code is often a powerful predictor of life expectancy, and recent national events of civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic have further unveiled the gaping chasm between those with means and those without. Though the digital health industry has seen much growth and adoption of social entrepreneurship to address the differences we see, there is no better time than now to call for more innovation.
We launched the Diversity Innovation Hub to accelerate innovative solutions that address health disparities in communities that face more barriers to care, and also to increase the participation of minority and women entrepreneurs in the health technology sector. Today, we’re grateful to partner with many healthcare leaders and community partners that share this dual mission in launching our inaugural DIH Pipeline initiative — a 5-week long, virtual crash course for aspiring founders and social entrepreneurs who want to develop their interests in digital health and Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) into tangible ideas. …
MD++ aims to empower the next generation of physician-innovators who will improve healthcare delivery through the intersection of technology, business, and life sciences. Just as many clinicians spend a portion of their time on research, we see an emerging future for practicing physicians to work in interdisciplinary settings to reinvent healthcare and improve patient outcomes on a large scale.
Together, we work to:
Create opportunities for medical students to build skills and connections in technology, business, and life sciences
Advocate for sustainable pathways to pursue physician-led innovation within medical education and alongside clinical practice
Connect communities of aspiring and established…
I learned about an interesting concept earlier today that inspired an introspective thought exercise, self-complexity: our perceived characterization of the multiple/different personalities or self-aspects that we possess. Though the term itself might have more meaning in a psychologist context; to me, the idea is best understood in the following 2x2 that represents the various personas and identities I’ve taken on professionally and personally:
I’ve always subscribed the notion that one’s identity and core personality evolves and changes throughout one’s life. Evidenced by the different Myers-Briggs personalities that I’ve selected into over the 3 or so times I’ve taken it so far (most recently an ESFJ), but never reflected on how personalities themselves might be fragmented across the various identities I may hold across from week to week. I’m more cognizant of how this shifts across brief but different professional chapters across software engineering, product management, and most recently early-stage VC, but only recently stopped to consider if/how this changes even across personal contexts as a significant other, son, brother, or friend. …