Surgical Innovation

Overview

The current challenges facing the healthcare system in Canada, which include a growing need for healthcare services as the population ages, inequities in the system due to lack of accessibility to timely care, and a ballooning of healthcare expenditures, will require an immense amount of innovation to produce more cost-efficient processes and systems that can do more with less. Our goal is to use interactive lectures and design sessions to give surgical residents the practical tools and confidence they need to become innovators in healthcare.

We are aiming to scale our existing, week-long UBC Surgical Innovation Week course into recurring, tri-annual workshop series designed to give surgical residents exposure to innovation in healthcare and the tools necessary to enable them to become innovators. The curriculum not only serves as a multidisciplinary innovation training program which culminates in pitch competitions that yield tangible and scalable solutions to real-world surgical problems, but also as a pipeline aimed at producing innovative projects at the intersection of surgery, engineering, business, and healthcare administration. 

It is our hope that this will give residents an understanding of how to be involved in the innovation process in healthcare as clinicians are well positioned to identify key problems in the healthcare system and propose ideas which lead to effective user-centered approaches to solving real-world problems.

Surgical Innovation Week

UBC Surgical Innovation Week is a week-long immersive course designed specially for surgeons. Facilitated by professional design thinking and business consultants, the week consists of interactive workshops centered around human-centered design and lean start-up principles, all delivered in a small group setting. In addition to the guided educational activities of the week, a predetermined healthcare challenge is sourced in consultation with our collaborating stakeholders, which culminates in an end-of-week pitch event in front of members of the Departments of Surgery, invited community members, local industry partners, and hospital administration.

Our Team

Our team leverages expertise across the domains of medicine, surgery, entrepreneurship, and design thinking to deliver polished and evidence-driven workshops to learners.

Dr. Morad Hameed
Dr. Harvey Hawes
Dr. Michael Yong
Christina Hwee

Contact Us

For more information or to get involved, please contact harvey.hawes@vch.ca.