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Sidney Kimmel Medical College Students Win Second Place in American Medical Association’s Medical Education Innovation Challenge


Four students from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University were recently honored with the second place prize at the American Medical Association’s Medical Education Innovation Challenge. The winners were announced at the newly expanded AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium, which now includes 32 medical schools from across the country.

The challenge elicited nearly 150 submissions from student teams who were posed the question, “What does the medical school of the future look like to you?”

Sidney Kimmel Medical College students Ludwig Koenecke-Hernandez, Mark Mallozzi, Tim Bober, and Lorenzo Albala won second place with their project titled, “Design-thinking, making and innovating: Fresh tools for the physician’s toolbox.” The idea is for medical education to be re-designed to include skills centered around computer science, textiles and medical materials, and rapid prototyping technologies. By empowering students to develop their own solutions through design, the group felt students will be better equipped to impact the future of health care through innovation.