s the adage goes, if you want something done right, do it yourself.
That philosophy motivated third-year UF medical student Kyle Scott and classmates to create the curriculum they needed to become the next generation of physician-innovators.
The Business and Innovation in Medicine track, an elective within the UF Discovery Pathways Program, is the first track to have its curriculum created by medical students, and it aims to provide future physicians with the entrepreneurial skills they need to move medicine forward.
When Scott came to UF in 2018, armed with a degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia, he expected to apply his previous training toward tackling problems in medicine. He was surprised to find that though Gainesville is ripe with resources in innovation and entrepreneurship, there was no direct path for medical students to access these resources.
“While UF is a huge institution for innovation with Gatorade and the UF Innovate Hub, which produces numerous patents every year, there’s a disconnect,” Scott says. “As a medical student, there was no way to tap into that infrastructure without having a track like this in place. So, we decided to build it.”