Dr. Klein finds the work fun, challenging, and an outlet for creativity, and he does it, he said, because he loves it. It also feels to him like a responsibility to be involved with medical device innovation.
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“We’re the ones with the clinical insight,” he said. “We know what the unmet clinical needs are and how a device may or may not be useful in our own hands.” Being a medical consultant is another way to get involved with medical device innovation, with a lot less work, he added.
For otolaryngologists working in academia who are interested in developing new technologies, Dr. Kozin suggested thinking critically about their patients and how to improve outcomes. “More specifically, we should consider how to improve the standard of care,” he said. “Just because something has been done the same way for decades doesn’t necessarily mean it cannot be improved upon. Oftentimes, we’ll identify specific clinical problems, and then innovation will flow from those ideas.”
Renée Bacher is a freelance medical writer based in Louisiana.