The European Virtual Magic Wand Program will offer a unique opportunity for dermatologists in Europe interested in innovation an opportunity to learn how to identify unmet clinical needs and to learn the process of biomedical innovation.
We are now accepting applications for the program and we would like to encourage other dermatologist from Europe to apply.
The “Magic Wand Initiative” was started at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Department of Dermatology in 2013 by Dr. Rox Anderson and Dr. Lilit Garibyan. The goal of the initiative was to empower clinical faculty to identify and solve clinical problems in dermatology (Magic Wand JAMA Dermatology paper). Given the success of the program, in 2017 with the support of Advancing Innovation in Dermatology (AID), a “Virtual Magic Wand” program was started to teach dermatologists across the country how to identify clinical problems worth solving and teach them the process of biomedical innovation. Since the launch in 2017, this program has now successfully graduated 33 clinicians who have completed the Virtual Magic Wand. The participating dermatologists have come from 21 different academic institutions from across the United States, including private practice and military. All of the participating dermatologists have identified a problem worth solving in dermatology through this course and some have gone on to form startup companies to solve those problems.
The European Virtual Magic Wandâ Program is an offshoot of the original Magic Wandâ Initiative started at Harvard. The goal of the European Virtual Magic Wandâ program is to adopt and implement MGH/Harvard’s Virtual Magic Wandâ Innovation curriculum that empowers and educates clinician on the process of identifying unmet needs, deeply understanding the problem and framing the problem in such way that makes is possible to find practical solutions. We will also connect clinicians interested in working on solving the problems they have identified with industry and nonprofit organizations to continue solving the problems.
The program flyer and application are attached. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also read more about our program by visiting our website at www.MagicWandInitiative.org