UVA Medical Design Program: we train tomorrow's physicians in design thinking to address today's biggest healthcare Challenges.


What is design thinking?

Design thinking, also known as human-centered design, is a problem-solving framework for addressing complex, system-based challenges.

Design thinking is taught at many leading business schools including UVA's Darden School. It is a proven approach for developing new products and services that reflect a deep, empathetic understanding of user needs and unmet desires.


Design + Med ED

UVA is among a growing group of medical schools and health systems exploring how design thinking might be integrated into medical education.

The UVA Medical Design Program gives future physicians the skills, confidence and experience they need to help address complex patient care and public health challenges throughout their careers.


Applied Learning

Medical Design students collaborate with real ‘clients’ throughout the UVA health system and Charlottesville community.

Students in our semester-long medical design program engage in monthly hands-on ‘design sprint’ workshops focused on priority healthcare issues using data they collect through direct engagement with patients, healthcare leaders, and community members.

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Recent Press

UVA Health Foundation recently did a feature article about our students’ work last year (2018) to inform the final design of the new UVA Emergency Department.