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Clinical Innovation

At MSM, our approach to clinical innovation is two-fold: We are sharing with our students an innovative and cutting-edge medical education, one that will prepare them for the rapidly changing future of health science; and we are at the forefront of innovation related to the way healthcare is practiced and delivered.

We are talking about innovation like Robotic Surgery. In 2016, MSM and Grady Hospital received a grant for a $2-million dual-console teaching robot that allows an attending surgeon and resident surgeon to operate simultaneously.

Since then, MSM and Grady have used the technology to complete more than 400 cases in general surgery, colorectal surgery, urology, and other specialties.

The state-of-the-art technology allows surgeons to use 3D visualization and perform complex surgeries with minute, minimally invasive incisions that lead to better results, less pain, and shorter hospital stays.

Unlike most other institutions, MSM gives our resident graduates a certification in robotic surgery. We graduated our first robotics-certified resident in 2018.

We are talking about innovation like the Mobile Research Unit. The first of its kind in the state of Georgia, this 30-foot-long Winnebago recreational vehicle travels throughout metro Atlanta and rural areas to provide outreach and treatment and collect data for patients who lack access to proper medical care.

The camper is outfitted with the same technologies that are found in any top-notch clinical setting, including cardiac monitors, a portable ultrasound machine, two exam rooms, and a laboratory.

We are talking about innovation like our Clinical Skills Center. Located in the Louis W. Sullivan National Center for Primary Care at MSM, the center is designed for demonstrating, teaching, learning, and practicing clinical skills for medical students.

Six procedure rooms and six examination rooms allow students to simulate clinical evaluation while instructors monitor and assess the work via video cameras and intercom systems.

We are talking about innovation like Morehouse Telehealth, which saves its patients 3,500 minutes and 4,100 miles of travel a year by offering health advice and information via video conferencing. Demand went up by 700 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we responded, improving outcomes and keeping non-emergency patients out of an already-overburdened hospital system.

We are talking about innovation like Morehouse School of Medicine’s Healthcare Innovation Center, which would develop and test new approaches for solving healthcare issues. We would bridge the divide between technology entrepreneurs, designers, developers, and researchers, and the clinicians who work on the front lines of care.

The Center would host an incubator, a co-working space, and a research lab focused on discovering, developing, and testing preventative healthcare technologies.

The Center would also provide training and education programs in health to engage kindergarten through 12th grade, college, and post-graduate students to develop technical and analytical skills. And the Center would host a competition for entrepreneurs seeking to create new startups related to healthcare technologies for underserved populations.

“Right away I could see we were making a difference in people’s lives.”


The way healthcare is applied and delivered is being transformed by big ideas and new technology, but these innovations barely trickle down the socioeconomic chain.

MSM offers cutting-edge education programs while leading the way on innovations that revolutionize the way healthcare is practiced and delivered for all populations.

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