Your recent article in Modern Physician (Course teaches medical students ways of business, Aug. 11) was very interesting. It is good to see that there is a real recognition that many innovationsclinical and mechanicalbegin within a doctors practice. It is also good to recognize that as you say the languages of medicine and business are not always well-understood by either the physicians or the business people trying to understand the nature and opportunity of the product that has been invented by the physicians.
My husband and I recently had our first patent published. It involves detoxification of patients from pain medicines. Now we are dealing with the tango of commercialization, and it would have been a lot easier, at least mentally, to have had the advantage of dealing with a course like the one at Northwestern Universitys Feinberg School of Medicine.
Perhaps this will become a standard course at medical schools. I hope so. Too often doctors think of things that would help everyone, but because they are so intimidated by the process of going forward, they quit, or if they do go forward they ultimately do not get full reward for their innovation because of lack of experience in the commercialization process including contract making and licensing. Thanks for your article.
Brenda Richardson, M.D.PresidentHarmonyFirstBedford, N.H.