TechMed Summerschool at Leiden

Are you looking for an inspiring Summerschool, combining Technical and Medical Science?

  • July, 5, 6, 7 2021
  • LUMC, Leiden The Netherlands

The wish to develop a “TechMed Innovation Summerschool” is inspired by the strong conviction that on one hand technological developments already have changed healthcare immensely, and will keep transforming healthcare and drive innovation to improve personalized care, patient safety and quality of intra- and extramural healthcare. And in the nearby future no advancements in healthcare is imaginable without the aid of innovative technologies and/or basic sciences such as molecular biology, physics or chemistry.

But on the other hand, the integration of innovative technologies and technological research in health care, and insight in the immediate applicability in patient care, is still too limited and is not yet as widely supported as we need it to be to deliver personalized and value-based health care.

The technological development in health care is one that is unstoppable and one that we will háve to and wánt to relate to, with respect to clinical practice, education and research. To remain a pioneer in fast-developing technological innovations, it is extremely important that young talented professionals are brought together. It is desirable that they are brought together in a short, circumscribed, intensive and inspiring program, where they will collaborate and will become aware of the bridge function that they are going to fulfill while delivering personalized high-quality care.

Furthermore, and importantly, it is still a fact that these professionals we are aiming at in this summerschool program (i.e. (post) Master students in Medicine, Technical Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Computer sciences, PhD students, post-docs, technical medical specialists) do not find each other easily by themselves but will need each other in the nearby future as collaborating colleagues to jointly shape the development and application of innovative technologies in health care.

The program of the “TechMed Innovation Summerschool” creates the conditions for the above vision.

This Summerschool would be unique in its kind: there is still no (or very limited) offer of educational programs involving the integration of medicine and technology nor involving the direct applicability of technological innovations in health care, particularly for professionals who should become the bridge builders after their academic education.

Thus, the program aims to educate and inspire future potentials, in an early stage in their career, with respect to current and future innovative technologies in healthcare, in which medicine and cutting edge technology are integrated and the foundation for a solid bridge between technology and medicine is build.

Secondly, to increase the understanding of technological possibilities and their direct applicability in patient care, and to increase the ability of professionals to look beyond the boundaries of their own profession and challenge bright professionals to contribute to expansion of the technological-medical integration by innovative research projects.

Thirdly, the patients independence and resilience starts in the acute intramural healthcare and involves biological, psychological and social factors. The program aims to educate the future professionals in the patient’s complex needs beyond the acute time-frame of their particular specializations and skills in healthcare in order to develop/define an integrated medical-technological approach for the unmet needs of the extramural patient.

The current range (of summerschools and courses) is limited to individual medical-technical topics, or is less technologically oriented, or is primarily focused on a specific technology. The proposed program would position the LUMC as a pioneer to take professionals on a journey that makes directly applicable ground-breaking innovations visible, in a setting where blended learning, interprofessional and interdisciplinary learning and community building are central.


The three-day program fits in many ways with the mission and vision of the LUMC and is innovative in several aspects: It focuses on the integration of medicine and technology, and on the direct applicability of technological innovations in patient care. The themes that will be covered in the program are directly in line with the social spearheads chosen by the LUMC, i.e. Oncology and Population Health: the theme of day 1 is “The Operating Room of the Future”, the theme of day 2 is “Clinical Applicability of Artificial Intelligence (AI)” and the theme of day 3 is “Imaging of Cancer’.  The link between technology and care and direct applicability is visible in the above-mentioned day themes.

The goal of the program is to stimulate the future professionals (where possible) to integrate solutions in health care for the unmet needs of the patient throughout the patient’s journey, and to apply and develop high potential technology that can contribute to these solutions.

The challenge will be to link the latest technologies directly to applications in the clinic. In addition, it will also be discussed extensively by leaders in the field and the participant what “barriers and facilitators” are at this interface of medicine and technology and what “barriers and facilitators” are in the direct implementation of technology (think not only of purely medical or technological barriers, but also of ethical and legal barriers).

By the way in which the program is structured and by opening it up to participants with different professional backgrounds, professionals will be challenged this week to look beyond the boundaries of their own field. Material will be available online (including e-learning) and a community will be created that will also offer the opportunity to stay in touch with professionals from one’s own field and other fields after the summer school week. The program consists of theoretical and practical, hands-on parts. In addition, participants will be challenged, in small groups, to elaborate medical-technological questions in a research project and present them to each other.

Learning Objectives

The participants will gain insight in different technological innovations for patient care and in particular the direct clinical applicability. As a result, they will be able to form a well-considered opinion about applications of technology in healthcare (they can weigh the advantages and disadvantages of new technologies and select optimal choices), contribute to future developments and get concretes idea about potential interprofessional partnerships.

  • Obtain up-to-date knowledge on six substantive themes, which the participants can translate directly to their own field of work, i.e. intraoperative imaging, imaging of cancer, minimal invasive surgery, Artificial Intelligence, e-health, intra-en extramural health care for the vulnerable patient.
  • Insight into the way in which direct colleagues or other care professionals or technical professionals look at the integration of clinical care and technology and what the advantages and disadvantages, and potential possibilities and barriers are. And with this insight itself they can better analyze a medical technological problem and make optimal choices.
  • Insight into the way in which direct colleagues or other healthcare or technical professionals look at the directly applicable implementation of technology in the care and what potential possibilities and barriers are. And with this insight itself a future technological challenge can be analyzed and solutions can be designed and implemented.
  • The future professionals consider the intramural and extramural needs of the patient (and/or physician) in diagnostics, therapeutics and/or compensatory tools in healthcare to fulfill the patients unmet needs during the patient’s journey.
Due to COVID-19, the summer school will take place online in 2021

We look forward to welcoming you!

TechMed Summerschool is an initiative of:

  • July, 5, 6, 7 2021
  • LUMC, Leiden, The Netherlands

TechMed Summerschool

Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum
Albinusdreef 2, 2333 ZA Leiden

Het Leids Universitair Medisch Centrum is het universitair medisch centrum dat bestaat uit een samenwerkingsverband tussen het Academisch Ziekenhuis Leiden en de Faculteit der Geneeskunde van de Universiteit Leiden.