MILI Student Association

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute's Student Association (MILIsa) is to develop and promote a sustainable network of professionals, locally and globally, linked to all facets of the medical industry, with the purpose of creating opportunities for success in and transition to the medical industry. The group will accomplish this through interactions with the healthcare community, alumni and other students, whereby gaining exposure to current and relevant topics in the field.

The vision of MILIsa is to develop new leaders for success in the global medical industry.


MILIsa Goals

  • Increase the exposure of MILIsa members to the medical community both at the university and in industry
  • Create opportunities for MILIsa members to engage medical industry representatives and recruiters
  • Help prepare MILIsa members for medical industry interviews leading to successful transitions post-graduation

If you want to be involved with MILIsa or have any ideas for topics to discuss at events please send them to:


MILIsa Insights in the Medical Industry Series

Insights in the Medical Industry is a virtual series intended to give graduate students across the University of Minnesota a glimpse into some of the most prominent challenges, processes, and successes in the Medical Industry. The series started in the Fall 2020 semester and is designed to be informal and informative for everyone, regardless of prior experience or knowledge. Each session spends about 30 minutes discussing the topic in tangible terms and closes out with Q+A.

Part I: Clinical Trials

Ever wonder about what it takes to get FDA approval for a new healthcare product? Confused about how the Clinical Trial process works in the US and how it differs across Pharmaceuticals, Biologics, and Medical Devices? Why hasn’t a Covid-19 vaccine been made widely available even though efficacy data seems promising? 

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Part II: Payers 

Have you ever wondered about how health insurance is structured in the US? Or what does the Payers landscape actually look like and what are health insurance trends? How much of this landscape consists of government programs like Medicare?  Are you unsure about what is stipulated in the Affordable Care Act? 

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What are In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD)?

What value do these tests provide?  What is the future of the IVD market?  In this session, we give an overview on the IVD industry, specifically what IVDs are, the value these tests provide to patients and providers, and the current and expected growth of this market. 

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