1. HOW SHOULD I SUBMIT A PROBLEM?
Problem submission is quick and easy - just follow this link.
2. WILL I KNOW IF MY PROBLEM IS BEING WORKED ON?
Yes. We make sure that each clinician is kept informed on the status of their submitted problem. Problems are chosen by Team Leaders each September, so look to here from us then!
3. WHAT IS MY TIME COMMITMENT?
It’s up to you! To submit a problem, we request that each clinician be available for a minimum of one two-hour meeting with the Team that looks to pursue a solution. After that, you can participate as much (or as little) in the creation of a solution as you’d like, and you can even hold equity in a Team should they be successful. For more information, please contact us.
4. WHAT HAPPENS TO PROBLEMS IF THEY ARE NOT CHOSEN?
Problems that aren’t chosen in any given year are held by MEDLaunch for Team Leaders to choose in the future. We will keep all submitters updated on the status of their problem - in the meantime, feel free to submit more!
5. WHO OWNS THE WORK THAT THE TEAMS DO?
MEDLaunch has worked closely with Saint Louis University to secure all intellectual property rights for its teams. Successful teams fully own their products. However, as an actively participating clinician, you too can own a piece of the team.
6. HOW ARE TEAMS FORMED?
Teams are formed each year in October at an event called Launch Day. During the event, Team Leaders (chosen prior to Launch Day) are able to reach out to prospective members that both show an interest in their Problem and possess the skills the Team Leader needs. Teams are by no means static and often change throughout the year.
7. WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR TEAMS?
MEDLaunch provides a wealth of resources for its teams to utilize. First, we fund each team up to $2,500 to conduct research and develop a prototype. Teams also have access to various resources and materials within Saint Louis University for design purposes and rapid prototyping. We also maintain an active and dedicated mentor network that is constantly growing. We consider the mentorship process critical to Teams’ success.
8. CAN I SUBMIT MULTIPLE PROBLEMS?
Absolutely! There is no limit to the amount of problems any one physician can submit.
9. SO WHAT IS IN FOR ME?
Clinicians are busy. You may see problems or have an idea in mind, but lack the time and/or resources to do anything about it. That's where we can help. We can connect you with interested students, resources, and funding to find a solution to the problem. MEDLaunch is also a unique way to be involved in student education outside the traditional classroom or clinical structure.
If you have any other questions, please contact us.