During the last week we have been working intensively with the local needs that are specific to the clinic. With the help of our clinical supervisor and our clinical mentor we filtered down our long list to ten needs which can have a high impact for the clinic if addressed. To get a broad and diverse input to these needs we distributed detailed descriptions of these needs and then discussed them individually with several midwifes and doctors. We put so much time on this, because next week we will, together with the clinic, choose three to four needs, to which we will recruit students to work on solution as their Master’s Thesis project.
But the week has not only been about filtering needs, but also about learning and personal development. On Monday we had our first individual sessions with our psychologist. The content of these sessions is as individual as it is secret, but I believe we all worked on developing personal strategies to improve some aspect of our work in the fellowship team. Furthermore we had a workshop together with the other team, in which we discussed how to work with our commercial needs. We discussed specific needs as well as strategies how to evaluate these needs and in the end filter down to only a handful. Having more than 200 commercial needs, filtering down will be a challenge that we are ready to meet in the upcoming weeks. On Friday we had a lecture on the reimbursement system for medical products in Sweden, knowledge that will come in handy when deciding which needs are worth pursuing.
We also started thinking about practical aspects of the work that is ahead of us and looked at an office and prototyping workshop space which we could use once we have decided which of the commercial needs is the chosen on. At least some of us are looking forward to getting their hands dirty in prototyping.
Fritzi // Team Obstetrics