Kickoff des Digital-Clinical-Scientist-Programms


Successful Kickoff for the Charité Digital-Clinician Scientist Program at Smart Data Forum

In 2019, a new Digital Clinician Scientist Program (D-CSP) was initiated by Charité and the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH). The program is a “digital extension” to the well-established BIH Charité Clinician Scientist Program that for almost a decade now allows young medical doctors to combine their clinical training with allocated time for research and fosters the translation of scientific discoveries into application.

The Digital Clinician Scientist Program (D-CSP) aims to strengthen the already existing training pipeline and bring it to the next level by incorporating advanced computational science approaches including big data management, bioinformatics, quantitative image analysis and artificial intelligence – all indispensable methodologies for future data driven medicine.

Following the first call for applications for D-SCP in early March this year, Berlin Institute of Health, Smart Data Forum and Hacking Health Berlin joined their efforts to organize the first-of-a-kind Matching Event, which gave D-SCP applicants the opportunity to present their research ideas in front of digital experts and find respective mentorship and consultation for their projects.

The event took place on April 4th at the Smart Data Forum. Under the slogan “Smart Health & Biomedical Innovation” it also offered a perfect setting for medical doctors, researchers and computer science experts to meet and exchange ideas on possible collaboration and common research projects.

With 11 pitches from across different medical specialties including anaesthesiology, nephrology, paediatric oncology and psychiatry among others, and with a broad number of mentors and experts, the matchmaking proved to be a very successful format becoming a first step forward towards the establishment of long term interdisciplinary research teams of clinicians and computer scientists.

A strong team of mentors from partner institutions, Berlin universities, and industry provided access to broad computational science know-how. Alongside renowned experts from Charité and BIH, also computer scientists from the TU Berlin and the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence were part of the mentor’s group. Particularly the topics of data protection and user experience & patient centricity turned out to be of high importance for D-SCP candidates.

Given the keen interest in the event and the extraordinarily good feedback received from the participants, the organizing partners are planning to expand on the format and include it as an integral part of the preparation phase for future D-CSP application rounds on a biannual basis.