MUSC Entrepreneurial Program for Minority Students
MUSC’s internship program focuses on teaching minority students the basic skills of entrepreneurship through lectures and speakers but with the added benefit of focusing on mobile technology application development related to the healthcare arena.
The interns work together in small teams on projects at various stages of app development in the Technology Application Center for Healthful Lifestyles (TACHL) in the College of Nursing under the leadership of Dr. Frank Treiber and Mr. Sachin Patel. These smart phone applications have to not only be appealing and user friendly for the patient, but also have the output synthesized and provided to healthcare providers in an easy to process manner. Most importantly, the apps need to result in the desired sustained changes in the patient’s physiological, affective and cognitive functions. To accomplish this, the development is patient and provider centered. The product development undergoes repeated refinements before and following formal testing in clinical trials. The end result is one that meets the desired outcomes and is easily utilized by the patient and healthcare provider. The product is then able to be licensed either to a medical device company involved in the app or placed in the healthcare application marketplace. Collectively, the interns will be exposed to these various stages of development, as well as to the process of bringing these products to market.
In addition to the “hands-on” experience the students receive programming an app, the summer program includes an entrepreneurship class that is combined with much needed mentorship opportunities. The class is taught by MUSC’s Director of Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The goal of the class is to equip the students with the necessary skills to succeed as an entrepreneur. The class is a combination of textbook based lectures, case studies and guest speakers. By combining these different approaches, the students get a broad overview of the methodologies, pitfalls, and most importantly, the basic tools necessary to succeed in an entrepreneurial venture. The class will have a bias towards real-world experiences.