Frequently Asked Questions
What is the MIHIC?
The McMaster Interdisciplinary Health Idea Competition (MIHIC) is about identifying the next big idea in healthcare. As a collaboration between the McMaster Health Leadership Academy (HLA) and Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) it aims to encourage students from different programs to work together as teams to present a concept they believe will drive the future of health and healthcare in Canada.
Who is eligible to part of the 2017 MIHIC?
To be part of the 2017 MIHIC, student teams must satisfy the following two criteria:
- Team members must be current McMaster University students. So long as you are academically active (i.e. part-time, full-time) at the University OR you are technically ‘inactive’ (not taking courses) but have yet to graduate (have your degree conferred) in accordance with your program plan (e.g. classes end in December but your degree is conferred in June), you will be considered a ‘current student’.
- Team members must come from at least two distinct McMaster University programs. These do not have to be from distinct faculties but please note that certain specializations within a program may not count as ‘distinct programs’. We strongly recommend that you seek out team members from diverse educational backgrounds (i.e. programs that do not have a significant overlap in coursework).
How many people can be on a team?
When applying online, the system will allow for a maximum of six team members to be added in the Phase 1; however, you may add (or subtract) any number of individuals from your team until the Phase 2 submission deadline. Note that all team members must be aware of changes being made to the team structure. Changes to team members must be submitted to email@example.com. Details to be included for new team members are as follows: full name, email address, undergraduate/graduate student status, name of program, year in the program, Mac ID, and full-time/part-time student status.
How do I apply?
To be part of the 2017 MIHIC, you must complete a Phase 1 team application. These are available on our Health Leadership Academy website from Monday January 30 at 5:00 PM through to Monday February 20 at 11:59 PM. Note that the applications require a detailed description of your team and project. The top ranked applications will proceed to Phase 2.
Is there a fee to be part of this competition?
There is no fee required to be part of the 2017 MIHIC.
How is the competition structured?
The 2017 MIHIC will occur in three phases:
- Online applications
Open January 30 – February 20 2017 @ 11:59 PM EST
Teams of McMaster undergraduate or graduate students submit a written outline of their Next Big Idea.
- Video submissions
Open February 27 – March 20 2017 @ 11:59 PM EST
Short-listed teams will be invited to submit a two-minute video providing further details of their Next Big Idea.
- Pitch presentations
Finalist will be paired with mentors to fine-tune their 10-minute Next Big Idea pitch which will be evaluated by a panel of industry experts.
What types of projects are permitted?
We encourage you to be creative with your Big Health Ideas! Some topics to consider include, but are not limited to: Administration, Big Data & Informatics, Digital Technology, Education, Equity, Ethics, Knowledge Transfer, Law, Leadership, Medical Devices & Diagnostics, Patient Access, Patient Experience, Pharma, Policy, Privacy, Public Health / Health Promotion, Quality Improvement, Research, Security, System Transformation, Technology Transfer. Ideas can also blend one or more of these topic areas.
If my team wins this competition, what will we win?
The 2017 MIHIC winners will be eligible to win scholarships to the Emerging Health Leaders Program (EHL) or cash prizes of up to $5,000.
What is the Emerging Health Leaders Program?
The Emerging Health Leaders Program is a 14-day intensive leadership program for undergraduate and graduate students that will include a focus on personal leadership development, collaborative team-engagement skills, design thinking and change management capabilities. At the end of this program, participants are more likely to:
- Continue on in their professional practice of choice by supplementing their professional resume or graduate school application
- Have the tools they need to drive innovation in the health system
- Become a champion for innovation by learning how to spot, support and implement new and creative approaches to getting things done
- Challenge their thinking and develop their personal leadership capabilities
- Develop their ability to collaborate, and work within and across multiple teams to solve complex problems
- Learn about how to make an immediate impact in the workplace
How can I meet team members from other programs?
Students may seek out team members using the “McMaster Interdisciplinary Health Idea Competition” Facebook page found on healthleadershipacademy.ca/mihic!
Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org