About Jennifer Monti
Jennifer Monti is a cardiologist with MaineHealth Cardiology. She developed the Innovation Cohort at Maine Med in response to her experience as an inventor and entrepreneur moving an idea from a scribbled drawing to a working prototype, company formation, fundraising, and clinical trials. She firmly believes good ideas come from every corner of an organization, and that Maine Med should be the easiest place in America to learn to invent and to be an inventor.
The executive summary on the grant that resulted in earlier funding of the Innovation Cohort:
Each observation we have as clinicians is valuable. I believe we need to educate physicians to take these observations and become inventors and entrepreneurs. We need to take what makes us uncomfortable and build the systems and products we wish we had. The Innovation Cohort at Maine Medical Center will be a home for collaborators to engage each other, test new ideas, start companies, run experiments, and access resources required to drive the growth of scalable innovations.
There are four end products to emerge from an innovation cohort. One is a curriculum that could be shared across educational institutions. The second is the development of communication channels between the MMC education community and the dozens of biomedical startups in the greater Portland area. The third product will be the establishment of two to four startup companies that are the direct results of ideas incubated within the innovation cohort. The fourth end product of this work will be publication in the academic and lay press regarding our educational impact on the learners here and medical education at large.
Many academic medical centers claim to do work like this. In fact, few do it well, and even fewer consider education in innovation and invention to be a part of medical training. We have a unique opportunity to invent 'invention' education. We will know we have been successful when each MMC learner views herself as an inventor, when local companies and entrepreneurs rely on the MMC brain trust to invent and improve their products, when startup companies anchor steps away from Maine Medical Center because of the insights and skills of founders here, and when Maine Medical Center becomes a premier destination for serious students who are skillful in, but uncomfortable with, the status quo of medicine.