Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Scholarly Inquiry

The Design (DES) Track teaches design and creative problem solving methods and it aims to equip the next generation of doctors with the skills and confidence to transform healthcare systems, services, spaces, and devices. As part of a broader Medicine+Design initiative at Jefferson, the track draws from diverse fields, including architecture, industrial design, and systems engineering. Workshops and content are dynamic, incorporating the latest techniques from emerging design and healthcare movements, such as e-patients, DIY makers, design thinking, and rapid prototyping.

During their first two years, students master essential concepts and methods through hands-on workshops, field immersions, and real-world projects, facilitated by professionals from leading organizations (which, in the past, have included Little Devices Lab at MIT, Steelcase, KieranTimberlake, School of Visual Arts NYC, and others). During their final two years, students independently pursue applied research and development projects in areas of their choosing, giving them an opportunity to make a concrete and lasting impact on their industry before graduation.

The track is ideal for students who have:

  • Desire to build bridges across diverse fields, such as architecture, industrial design, and systems engineering, and the practice of medicine.
  • Demonstrated curiosity about topics outside their field of study.
  • Confidence with and interest in learning new technologies.
  • Proficiency with at least one visual design or presentation tool (PowerPoint, InDesign, Illustrator, Keynote, Prezi, etc.).
  • Strong interpersonal and team collaboration skills.
  • Comfort voicing opinions and speaking in front of small groups.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity, able to self-direct and also ask for help when needed.
  • Experience working and communicating in a professional office-based environment.

Contact Us

Bon S. Ku, MD, MPP
Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine

Phone: (215) 955-6844

Andrea Landau
Education Coordinator

Phone: (215) 955-6844