Everyone has heard of startups. For many of us, the term “startup” is a reference to technology companies in Silicon Valley. Companies like Google and Apple for example. These companies are so well-known to us because their products and services have and continue to significantly shape and define the world we live in today, from how we purchase almost everything we buy to how we communicate with almost everyone we know. But startups seem to have become more than just providers of goods and services — they’ve become lore of our capitalistic society: a standard for what it means to be truly successful.
Wearable technology is booming right now, Jawbone Up, Fuelbands, Fitbits, and even Samsung getting into the market. But what about medical wearables? Is there space for technology that creates continuous streams of clinical-grade data that health care professionals can utilize? And how can medical students get into that entrepreneurial space? We recently chatted with Raj Gokal, entrepreneur in residence at Rock Health, co-founder of Sano Intelligence, for the second in our five-part series about entrepreneurship.
This episode is the first in a series on entrepreneurship in medicine. Our guest Shiv Gaglani is a student at both the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Harvard Business School. His ventures include the medical education company Osmosis and site Quantified Care. He’s also editor at Medgadget, a blog about medical technology. We sat down with him and picked his brain about what it’s like to fill gaps in medical education, be a medical student and entrepreneur, and more.
There’s a lot going on social media regarding sharing information, discussion and, most importantly, authorship. The typical notion of publication in medicine — getting an article or paper in a prestigious journal with high impact factor — is falling to the wayside as the democratization of information renders researchers, physicians and medical students more accessible. We had a chance to talk with Ajay Major and Aleena Paul, two enterprising medical students from Albany Medical College, on how they are contributing to that movement. The duo are the founders and editors-in-chief of in-Training, our collaborators for this podcast, and are bent on creating a space online where medical student voices can be heard.