AID Scholars Class

AID Scholars Class:
Virtual Magic Wand® Program

Training, inspiring, and connecting the next generation of dermatology innovators

Scholars | Fellows | Curriculum | People

The Advancing Innovation in Dermatology Scholars Class offers a unique opportunity to support residents, fellows, early-career researchers and clinicians interested in product and service innovation in dermatology. The 2018 AID Scholars and AID Fellows will participate in the Virtual Magic Wand Program. The Program is an offshoot of the Magic Wand® Initiative started at Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology to empower clinical faculty to engage in problem-driven research and AID is pleased to announce that through a competitive application process six applicants were offered, and accepted, enrollment into the AID Scholars Program and three applicants were offered, and accepted, enrollment into the AID Fellows Program.

2018 AID Scholars

Olga Afanasiev, M.D., Ph.D.
Dermatology Resident
Stanford University

Afton Chavez, M.D.
Dermatology Resident
Brown University

Sheila Farhang, M.D.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery Fellow
The Skin Institute of South Florida

Neera Nathan, M.D., M.S.H.S.
Dermatology Resident
Harvard University

Joel Sunshine, M.D., Ph.D.
Dermatology Resident
Northwestern University

Priyanka Vedak, M.D.
Dermatology Resident
Harvard University

2018 AID Fellows

Stephanie Klein, M.D.
Board-Certified Dermatologist &
Associate Professor
University of Utah

Ivy Lee, M.D.
Board-Certified Dermatologist in private practice & Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Southern California

Jennifer Powers, M.D.
Board-Certified Dermatologist &
Associate Professor
University of Iowa


  • Class I: Introduction to “The Magic Wand®”
  • Workshop I: Identifying Problems Worth Solving
  • Workshop II & III: Brainstorming Sessions
  • Workshop IV: Identifying Key Stakeholders
  • Workshop V: Beyond the Clinical Considerations
  • Class II: Lessons Learned from Experts
  • Class III: Effective Presentation Skills
  • Workshop VI: Problems Worth Solving
  • Class IV: Bridging the Clinical/Technical Divide


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