The PennHealthX innovation program supported by the Roderick T. Wong, M'03 Term Fund for Healthcare Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology was founded in 2013 by medical students in partnership with the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation and the Perelman School of Medicine.
Since its inception, PennHealthX has grown into a fully funded program that provides medical students with opportunities to explore, experience, and contribute to innovation in health care. PennHealthX accomplishes this mission through three major initiatives: 1. a robust lecture series featuring distinguished speakers from academia, industry, and government 2. venture capital and internship funding to support students’ ideas and projects, 3. participatory events, including pitch nights, design challenges, and the PennApps hackathon, that give students the opportunity to break down academic silos in order to tackle real problems facing the health care system.
Additionally, PennHealthX awards a Certificate in Healthcare Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology to graduating medical students who demonstrate a sustained interest to health care innovation and meet the program requirements.
In the fall of 2014, Dr. Roderick T. Wong, a Perelman School of Medicine alumnus, recognized the exciting potential of the program’s innovative approach, and made a generous gift of $300,000 to fund PennHealthX over the next several years. The Roderick T. Wong, M’03, Term Fund for Healthcare Management, Entrepreneurship, and Technology was established with the intent of increasing collaboration among students, faculty, alumni, and entrepreneurs, and promoting an ecosystem of innovation, and it has dramatically expanded the reach of the PennHealthX program.
Advisory Board: Dr. Roderick Wong, Dr. David Asch, Dr. Shivan Mehta, Dr. Nalaka Gooneratne, Diane Dao, Jacqueline Soegaard, Daniel O’Connor, J.C. Lopez, and Justin Larkin