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Boston Blue Button Innovation Challenge: Tufts MedStart

This weekend’s Boston Blue Button Innovation Challenge is held at the Tufts University School of Medicine, and Tufts MedStart is one of the hosts.

Tufts MedStart is a Tufts MD/MBA student-run organization dedicated to the cultivation and advancement of global entrepreneurship in healthcare. They support the research, development, and business implementation of disruptive innovations and technologies that improve the quality and productivity of healthcare delivery.  MedStart strives to encourage future physicians and health care personnel to keep an open mind and facilitate exposure to a wide array of innovations in the field as they progress through medical school, residency, and beyond.

MedTech Boston caught up with Joe Jabre, MD, MBA and Director of the MD/MBA and MBS/MBA programs at Tufts University School of Medicine. A Neurologist by training, he enrolled in the evening MBA program at Boston University School of Management to “acquire management skills” after he assumed the leadership of the Boston VA Medical Center’s Neurology service, a combined Harvard and Boston University training program. His life took an unexpected turn when, as part of a starting new venture class business plan project, he started a medical software company to bring neurology expertise to the primary care provider. He retired from his full time job at the VA in 2007, and in 2010, was recruited by Tufts to run the MD/MBA and MBS/MBA programs, a job he immensely enjoys and continues to relish as he brings his life experience in both academia and business to tomorrow’s leaders in healthcare.

In the spring of 2013, Tufts University School of Medicine hosted its first annual start up competition in the field of healthcare. It was the product of many months of planning organized by Brandeis University graduate student Yuval Barak-Corren and Tufts/Brandeis University medical/business student Eric Schwaber. They recruited peer MD/MBA students Brian Like and Mayur Patel, and together they assembled the people, the resources, and the drive to make it a successful start up weekend.

This year, Eric Schwaber, Brian Like, and Mayur Patel are again organizing the second annual start up competition (now called MedStart) lasting three days to be held on January 17-19, 2104. This year’s even will again be held at held at Tufts University School of Medicine. The founders have recruited excited first year MD/MBA students Rohan Jotwani, Paran Yap, and Mahima Vijay to help them make this event even better.

Good job, MedStart. The weekend is going great, and it’s all thanks to your leadership and innovation!

Jennifer M. Joe, MD

Jennifer M. Joe, MD

    My passion is healthcare optimization, whether that is with innovation, making scientific discoveries, or improving delivery. I love bringing people and ideas together and making projects work. With this, medicine exists to improve lives, and I will strive to always help patients and those around me.

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