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MedInnovate 550

Unlock the Future of Primary Care

Are you ready to revolutionize primary care? All UAB medical students are invited to join our journey to redefine primary care through MedInnovate: Primary Care, a groundbreaking creative award effort aimed at harnessing your talents to shape the future of health care. Winning entries will be considered for adoption by family medicine — inside and outside of our institution -— and may be featured in relevant medical education publications.

The Department of Family and Community Medicine’s MedInnovate: Primary Care awards recognize creativity and thought leadership, which student teams can showcase in five distinct categories:

  • AI in Primary Care: Showcase how artificial intelligence can transform the landscape of primary care.
  • Hot Topic Curricula: Design courses that address pressing issues like gun violence, climate change, and other crucial topics in primary care.
  • Express Through Art: Write a poem, draw, or capture an image that reflects the profound value of primary care.
  • Research Toolbox: Develop a communication toolbox highlighting the significance of research in primary care.
  • Sports Medicine and AI: Illustrate how artificial intelligence can be applied in the field of primary care sports medicine.


Why Participate?

  • Innovate for Impact: Your ideas can shape the future of healthcare and contribute to advancements in primary care.
  • Recognition and Awards: Winners will receive $10,000 per person (up to 4 people per team) as stipends.
  • Networking Opportunities: Faculty/Staff will help you implement your ideas and connect you with like-minded peers, mentors, and industry professionals who share your passion for innovation.


Key Dates

  • Submission Portal Opens: March 11, 2024
  • Submission Deadline: April 29, 2024 (5pm CST)
  • Presentations: May 6-20, 2024 - Selected individuals/teams will be invited for presentations to primary care leaders as part of the selection process.
  • Winners Announcement: May 27, 2024

General Guidelines

Provide a written explanation alongside your creative work that does not exceed three pages in length.

Your written piece should include a summary section, along with an explanation of creativity, innovation, clarity, potential to inspire engagement, feasibility (except for artwork), and relevance to primary care.

  • AI in Primary Care
    • Highlight tools, concepts, or develop prototypes showcasing how AI can enhance primary care.
      Clearly articulate the potential impact on patient care and healthcare systems.

  • Hot Topic Curricula
    • Design a curriculum addressing a critical primary care issue (e.g., gun violence, climate change, advocacy in primary care, primary care career sustainability, experiential models that enhance relational primary care).
    • Outline key learning objectives, methodologies, and expected outcomes.
  • Express Through Art
    • Choose from writing a poem, drawing, or capturing an image.
    • Creatively convey the profound value and importance of primary care.
  • Defining Research in Family Medicine - A Call for Innovation and Clarity

    The field of family medicine encompasses a broad range of practices, from patient care to community health improvement. Currently, there's a need for a clear, encompassing, and engaging definition of research that resonates with everyone in the discipline, from students to seasoned practitioners.

    • Craft a definition of research that captures the essence of scholarly activity, practice improvement, and outcomes in medical education within the realm of family medicine.
      • Your definition should bridge the gap between everyday clinical curiosity and structured research, offering a perspective that is as applicable in a local clinic as it is in a formal research institution.
      • The definition should motivate trainees to engage in research, seeing it as an integral part of their professional growth and contribution to the field.
      • It should reflect real-world applicability, demonstrating how research can directly impact patient care and community health.
    • Create a toolbox with tools, resources, and strategies to promote your definition inside and outside of the discipline of Family Medicine.
  • Sports Medicine and AI
    • Illustrate the application of AI in primary care sports medicine.
    • Highlight how these advancements can benefit both athletes and the general population.

Submit your entry

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $19,409,127 with 10% financed with non-governmental sources. HRSA Award Number 6 T99HP39201-01-01. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.