Document Type : Original Article


1 Applied Physiology Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

2 Department of Biomedical Engineering, Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

3 Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


To develop the next generation of healthcare innovators, students at all levels of education should
be trained and encouraged to employ innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to deal with
complicated challenges of today’s health system. Applying innovation and entrepreneurship training
to solve complex problems and focus on solution design has recently become common in medical
universities all over the world. This paper clarifies the role of hackathons as an innovative educational
approach in healthcare education systems. We propose a process model concerned with organizing
hackathon events in the healthcare education system. This model can be used in the academic and
practical design of hackathons for innovation purposes.


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