Lucas Artusi –
Design has long dealt with how to translate human needs into desirable solutions in areas as diverse as consumer goods, banking, and humanitarian aid. But outside of medical devices, design is a relative newcomer to the world of healthcare, and is all but absent in the medical education space. The Design Institute for Health—a collaboration between the Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin—is offering medical students a unique opportunity: to learn the principles of design alongside physiology and clinical skills. In their third year, Dell Medical School students have the opportunity to spend a year in a team-based, project-driven design studio rethinking the way that Central Texans get and stay healthy. Learn about the progress that the Design Institute has made to date in integrating design into traditional medical education, and join a discussion in where design in med ed should go next.