Monday, June 24, 2013

Welcome, Student Innovators!

This month, 31 students from around the world arrived at Children's National Medical Center for the 2013 Student Innovator Program. The students will spend 2 months immersed in the Sheikh Zayed Institute's innovative space, where they'll learn the basics of innovation, improve their writing and poster presentation skills, and participate in a number of planned activities that will allow them to work with each other and assigned mentors.
Student Innovators, 2013
Highlights of the program:

The Individual Research Projects will teach new skills and understanding of the work of their respective disciplines.

Ethics and Safety training will be provided by the CITI course required of all participants before arrival and by special lab orientation sessions.

The Information Transfer sessions provide student innovators with the tools needed to communicate and share their findings effectively with others, with a particular focus on presenting research in poster format.

The Medical Hackathon is a hands-on experience that highlights various aspects of the product development process, e.g., working in teams, idea generation, and everything that goes into an innovation.

The Shadowing experiences in clinics, inpatient rounds and operating rooms provide opportunities to learn about healthcare careers and their environment.

Children’s Research Institute (CRI) will introduce all summer interns to ongoing Translational and Clinical Research specific to pediatrics at noon sessions on Fridays throughout the Summer.


A team from the Sheikh Zayed Institute will guide these students through their time here at Children's:
  • Floortje Blindenbach-Driessen, Ph.D., Academic Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education
  • Martha Houle, Ph.D., Director of Education
  • Craig Peters, M.D., Chief of Surgical Innovation
  • Jennifer Littrell, Education Program Coordinator
  • Laura Belazis, M.P.H., Institute Program Coordinator
  • Jina Giusto, Intern and 2nd year medical student at Eastern Virginia Medial School

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