The Office of Academic Innovation (OAI) serves as the “vision piece” for the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP) & COMP Northwest at WesternU, we aim to lay a foundation of systematic efficiency, creativity, and design-based planning. With the boom in areas of technology, genetics, and health delivery systems, there is a growing complexity in medicine and medical education. The four OAI components include the Longitudinal Tracks experiential programs, an innovation interest group called isquad, the Med-Ed Innovation Lab, and MOTIV-8, a program that will reach into our communities and help inspire the next generation of physicians.
The Longitudinal Tracks programs are experiential educational programs that are organized around a specific theme of interest. Our current programs have accommodated over 700 students since their inception. We now have 7 tracks on each campus, and they are currently pre-clinical elective tracks that provide students opportunities in patient care, community service, scholarly activity, and personalized mentoring by their Track Director.
iSquad is a safe space for students to disrupt, invent, innovate, learn design thinking skills, and to fail forward. iSquad was started by students and is student-led and run, with guidance from a faculty director. We encourage collaboration, student-centered learning and critical thinking. Our focus is on medical technology, device development and their application to the practice of medicine and healthcare delivery. The most innovative piece of iSquad is allowing students to ultimately shape what the group will become by being given the opportunity to become student directors in their second year of the curriculum. All WesternU Colleges are welcome and encouraged to attend our events. Medical technology knows no boundaries.
Med-Ed Innovation Lab
The Medical Education Innovation Lab serves as a component of the Office of Academic Innovation (OAI) that provides a structure and process to ideate, pilot, and integrate innovative endeavors into our curriculum. There has been a boom in new content delivery methods, educational design models, and utilization of technologies to aid with teaching. This lab serves as the resource request arm for the new iMED curriculum. We provide training in the new educational delivery tools for the faculty and train our students on the future tools that will be essential for their practices.
Our ability to communicate the mission and vision for the college is important for the growth and success of our team. The MOTIV8 program provides space for eight signature endeavors that help communicate COMP’s message. It allows the college to reach into the community through digital and human means. Our OAI team collaborates with our internal and external partners to reach the goal of developing a strong and positive footprint. We also seek to inspire future physicians, student doctors, and our alumni to join in our mission of community engagement.