Getting More from America’s Academic Medical Centers by Making Innovation and Entrepreneurship a Natural and Expected Academic Behavior
This blog is focused on the critical need for a more strategic approach to biomedical innovation and entrepreneurship in America’s Academic Medical Centers and Universities.
An Important Innovation PSA to Biomedical Researchers and Leaders: Stay Calm, Innovate, and Make It Relevant!
October 19, 2017
Lately, there are a lot of academic leaders including university presidents, medical school deans, department chairs, and many others crying out in anguish over possible cuts in federal funding for medical research and/or infrastructure. Federal funding from sources like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are the lifeblood of medical research at our great universities and academic medical centers (AMC). At Michigan, we are no exception. We are fortunate to be the recipients of a lot a federal research funding and big cuts would pose significant challenges.
However, while we all have our heads on fire about this in our bubble we call academia, I don’t hear any similar outcry from the public. The public generally knows that AMCs provide great care, but they don’t see the research engine running under the hood. Now by the “public” I mean Mr. and Mrs. Middle America tax-payer living in urban, suburban, and rural America. How do I know this and what makes me such a reliable source? Well, my family members and friends span this demographic. They are teachers, accountants, farmers, homemakers, etc. Some are physicians and nurses practicing in community hospitals. They live in big cities, small cities, East Coast, West Coast, Gulf Coast, North Coast and everywhere in between. I even know a cowboy or two.
KEVIN R. WARD, M.D.
Executive Director: Fast Forward Medical Innovation
Professor: Emergency Medicine and Biomedical Engineering
University of Michigan Medical School
Kevin Ward, M.D., is a simple country ER doctor, serial innovator, and sometime entrepreneur who is blessed with the privilege of leading two awesome (his words) innovation programs at the University of Michigan — Fast Forward Medical Innovation and the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care. His passion is in developing programs which encourage strategic, integrative, and disciplined collaborations across medicine, engineering, information sciences, and industry that promote true solutions.