As an MCiM student, you will learn from and network with exceptionally accomplished and diverse professionals and thought leaders in medicine, business, and technology.
Senior Business Reporting Analyst at Stanford Health Care who is focused on developing valuable information that improves departmental and patient outcomes. He is fueled with a desire to develop solutions within health care and his areas of interest include data management, increasing interoperability and reconciling reports.
The pandemic has highlighted the long-standing gaps in health care cost, quality, and access that impede health equity. Our health care system is in desperate need of a transformation and I believe the MCiM program can create leaders that leverage data necessary for this transformation. By understanding how to turn data into information, we can turn knowledge into meaningful action that benefits everyone.
Now that we have wrapped up summer quarter, what have been some strategies you have used to be successful in the MCiM program? Are there any learnings you have found helpful to take with you into autumn quarter?
Participate as much as you can even if its uncomfortable. As an introvert, socializing can be hard, but networking in this program led to memorable conversations and meaningful friendships that made it worth it. I realized just how many opportunities there are to learn something new, you just have to have the willingness to put yourself out there.
The diversity that exists in this program is incredible. I have learned more from my peers this quarter than I have in years at previous programs. Their insight, experience, and point of views have enlightened me to say the least. The faculty and staff certainly know how to curate an environment that allows everyone to contribute equally.
Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Assistant Medical Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at Stanford who focuses her efforts on clinical operations and is motivated by process improvements on health equity and pediatric acute care services.
As a Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) physician focused in the operations of our department, MCiM offered an opportunity to expand my clinical expertise by broadening my understanding of business practices, digital health and health technology as well as incorporating the design process. I wanted a foundation on how to use the data and metrics related to clinical care to make decisions not only related to our day-to-day workflows but also make innovative decisions and sustainable successful decisions for our future.
BioDesign classes are enhancing my process improvement focus especially when it comes to clarifying and understanding needs of our patients. The concepts from our Business Strategy class are exciting and new for me to apply coming from a health/science background and I feel it’s turning me into a more well-rounded leader.
I aspire to take this study of business, technology, and design process to continue to excel Stanford Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) in innovation. I would love to use this experience to create partnerships with tech in our area and make us a leader in PEM.
Ophthalmology Resident from Canada, passionate about innovation in medicine, particularly the role of Artificial Intelligence in the field of ophthalmology.
I’ve always been passionate about innovation in medicine. However, I didn't feel prepared for it from my medical training. I believe that an effective leader in healthcare, especially in the future, must be familiar with not only medicine but also business and technology. It is by inputting these three keywords into the search engine that I landed on the MCiM program. The tailored curriculum, amazing faculty, inspiring classmates with diverse backgrounds and expertise, along with Stanford’s unique ecosystem for entrepreneurship all made MCiM the perfect program!
Please share a bit about your experience as a student in the MCiM program. Would you encourage other international students to participate in the program?
I’ve had the best year of my life at Stanford as an MCiM student. Living on the beautiful Stanford campus, it was extremely easy to meet like-minded people; friendships formed instantaneously. The student population is extremely diverse and welcoming. MCiM’s flexible curriculum also allowed me to take extra courses outside of our program, where I got a chance to meet students across all departments. I would absolutely encourage international students to join MCIM and live at Stanford for a year. This in-person experience has been life-changing.
The MCiM program has opened my eyes to worlds that I didn’t know existed and has given me tools to assess and tackle problems from new perspectives. During my year, I worked on many projects, from a biodesign app to reduce falls in post-stroke patients, to researching blockchain technology for retina image sharing, to as far as pitching for a Web 3 security startup! Financial statements no longer scare me and I learned so much from collaborating with classmates from diverse backgrounds. Stanford’s notorious Design Thinking process has helped sharpen my acumen for need finding and I feel ready for opportunities that come my way in my future career as an ophthalmologist. Find out more on susanqi.com
Biomedical engineer and resident physician, passionate about the intersection of medicine, business, and technology
Before MCiM, I had so many unanswered questions despite years of training as a physician and biomedical engineer. I wanted to grasp better how the US healthcare system operates and I wanted to understand how companies and organizations could scale scientific discoveries to impact patient care. I also wanted to learn how I could become a more effective leader in my chosen specialty of ophthalmology. With MCiM, I have learned the tools to continue studying these questions and so, so much more.
My year's highlight was presenting the final presentation for our Healthcare Information Technology and Strategy course. My team studied whether the blockchain could be a viable way to act as a personal healthcare record for sharing images. We ultimately pivoted from this idea several times before settling on a business strategy that involved a federated network. The interviews we conducted and the deep discussions we had led to tons of learning, and it was very fulfilling to see how far we had come at the end of the class.
My next step is to complete my residency training in ophthalmology at Stanford. From evaluating healthcare technologies and companies critically to applying leadership principles in the clinic and scientific research to understanding the exchange of data in healthcare IT, the applications of the MCiM degree in my future work are immense. I can imagine continuing to reference my notes, links, slides, and MCiM colleagues for years to come.
Former entrepreneur, competitive figure skater, and neuroscience researcher turned healthcare/techbio venture capitalist
I fell in love with learning about biotech and healthcare from a 10,000 foot viewand working closely with companies that were changing the lives of patient populations by working in venture capital over the past 5 years. I realized I could create higher level impact by working with physicians across the world to improve broken healthcare systems rather than become the physician myself, but wanted a deeper understanding of the inner workings of healthcare systems and clinical informatics which brought me to MCiM instead of returning to medical school, or taking two years away from work for a more general MBA.
What is it like to collaborate in the classroom with people of all different ages, industries, and backgrounds?
This year’s MCiM cohort is amazing! Having a group with such diverse life experiences not only helps with our group projects in class, as it feels very real world, but I can pull from my classmates’ experiences and roles for work at my full-time job.
I left the job I was in when I started! I came to MCiM looking to use this program to support my work at Emerson Collective, as I was expanding my investing work beyond biotech to healthcare to improve the lives of cancer patients, and I ended up exploring passions outside the cancer space that I realized I needed to continue to dive into post-graduation. I am excited to be starting a new role as Principal at JAZZ Venture Partners to do just that!
Experienced leader with demonstrated results working in the US and international ecosystem at the intersection of business, healthcare and technology
The world-class faculty providing cutting-edge teachings at the intersection of business, healthcare and innovation is unique. Stanford’s work in data science, design-thinking, AI/ML, ethics, financing, healthcare operations and change management is ground breaking. MCiM gives us the best frameworks and tools to innovate, chart strategies, and lead transformation.
Having brought healthcare solutions to the market in the past, this program rounded out my operational experience in some key areas. We studied potentials and pitfalls of emerging technologies, so we can lead with discernment: see the larger picture, and spot red flags. The program prepared me to drive healthcare transformation at a new level, with deeper understanding of the intricacies of the healthcare landscape.
The high caliber, intellectual curiosity and passion for healthcare of everyone in our diverse class. The openness and willingness of professors, industry leaders, and VCs to talk us and mentor us as we explored new business ideas. It is great to be part of this international network of people who are shaping the future of healthcare.
MCiM students are proven leaders and emerging leaders in settings ranging from tech start-ups to health systems in the Bay Area and beyond. Members of this professionally, demographically, and culturally diverse cohort will be at different stages of their lives and careers, lending depth to your learning experience and fostering the communication and teambuilding skills the marketplace rewards.
What you will share with your MCiM peers is a desire to acquire additional foundational skills and knowledge at the intersection of medicine, business, and technology. You will work closely with Stanford faculty whose expertise across clinical business and informatics is fundamental to understanding and driving the transformation of health care and care delivery.
MCiM ultimately offers a learning experience that is uniquely Stanford: The close interaction among Stanford faculty and MCiM students serves to galvanize innovative solutions to health care’s challenges and to extend professional networks across industries, disciplines, and areas of expertise.