Design is Not Just for Designers! Use Design Thinking & Interprofessional Hackathon Design Events to Innovate Your Curriculum or Clinical Practice


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Dr. Kimberly Mollo obtained her bachelor of fine arts from the University of the Arts in 1991, her master's degree in occupational therapy (OT) from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia in 2006 and her doctorate in OT from Chatham University in Pittsburgh in 2015. She is a full-time Assistant Professor at Jefferson in the Occupational Therapy Department. Prior to becoming an occupational therapist, Dr. Mollo had an active 15-year career as a freelance graphic designer. During her design tenure, she was employed as an in-house staff designer at various center city design firms and marketing departments within the The Vanguard Group. The University of Pennsylvania Health System, and Drexel University. As Senior Graphic Designer at Joel Katz Design Associates, she specialized in information design, wayfinding signage, identify branding, and promotional print design for clients such as PennDOT, The Center City District, Germantown Friends School, and Richard Saul Wurman.

From 2012 through 2016, Dr. Mollo partnered TJU's Occupational Therapy Department with the Industrial Design Department at the University of the Arts in an innovative, interprofessional collaboration dubbed "Project inclusive." She has presented and written on her collaborative experiences and on the topic of using design thinking in education at Design Philadelphia, AOTA Annual Conference, and the AOTA Education Summit, specifically focused on the value of interprofessional collaboration to design and implement healthcare solutions. Dr. Mollo was the 2016 recipient of the JCHP's Fred and Sadye Abrams Award for Excellence in Clinical or Laboratory Instruction for 2016. She is now transitioning this successful collaboration to Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University.



Understanding the end-user. How do we improve performance and participation with design?

An "end-user" can be defined as the person who is intended to use a final product. Hackathon team events using design thinking are becoming more commonplace between interdisciplinary medical professionals, designers, and engineers to address pressing healthcare problems, but oftentimes these collaborations don't include an "end-user" within the team. This presentation will explore the impact of end-user involvement in design products for our various healthcare professions. Examples of successful "end user" engagement will be presented, along with suggestions as to how we, as clinicians and educators, can become more involved within design and healthcare.

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