Magic Wand® Initiative (MWI)
What is the Magic Wand Initiative (MWI)?
Founded in 2013 by Lilit Garibyan, MD, PhD, and R. Rox Anderson, MD, the MWI is an engaging, educational program that empowers physicians within any discipline to identify and solve unmet patient needs and teaches them the process of innovation. It’s designed by clinicians for clinicians.
Does the MWI work?
The MWI is an innovative approach that educates and equips clinicians to identify and solve problems and engages them as leaders in their health care ecosystem. The MWI program at Mass General has achieved concrete, measurable success with the creation of new technology to improve patient care.
What is next for the MWI?
With proven success in the U.S., the MWI is expanding globally to include clinicians throughout Europe. Enabling clinicians around the world to collaborate virtually with one another will increase the potential to identify and solve patient needs, thus greatly improving worldwide patient care.
The MWI is needed now more than ever.
COVID-19 has shocked the world and shaken the health care system. Despite the uncertainty, physicians have shown what impressive feats can be achieved when they are taught and empowered to innovate. One of our VMW participants, Aditi Sharma, MD, developed reusable PPE during the pandemic.
Lilit Garibyan, MD, PhD
The MWI cultivates patient-centered innovation where clinicians identify problems worth solving in health care, practice divergent and convergent brainstorming, collaborate with stakeholders, prototype and possibly commercialize solutions.
Co-Founder and Program Director, The Magic Wand Initiative at Mass General
The MWI offers a variety of engaging, on-site workshops to flexible, virtual curricula designed to foster innovation among clinicians both in the U.S. and in Europe.
This program focuses on creating blueprints for the expansion of the MWI outside of the Mass General/Harvard system and into other institutions and organizations.
This instructive and interactive virtual course, open to all clinicians in the U.S. and Europe, engages each participant in the process of identifying unmet patient needs.
Our TeamMeet the team
- U.S. Program Co-Chair
- Assistant Professor at Temple University
- US Program Co-Chair
- Instructor at Harvard Medical School
- Co-Founder & Program Director
- Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School
- Co-Founder & Program Consultant
- Professor at Harvard Medical School
Merete Haedersdal, MD
- European Program Ambassador
- Professor at Copenhagen University
Current and Past Supporters
The European and U.S. Virtual Magic Wand Programs are supported by donations from LEO Pharma, Advancing Innovation in Dermatology and Sally Gottesman.