Young Gets It Done: Michael Fujinaka


But Michael Fujinaka is different. The second-year UCSD School of Medicine student spends his free time developing applications for iPhones. His first effort — an app called iMurmur that helps medical staffers learn how to detect troubling heartbeats — has become a big success.

Within a couple of days of its July 14 launch, the software shot to No. 2 on the list of best-selling medical apps on iTunes, the online store operated by iPhone maker Apple. It has remained in the top five ever since.

Two 25-year olds in graduate school at UC San Diego, Michael Fujinaka and Alan Gardner, developed this application on a whim, not expecting it to have 10,000 downloads in only a few months.

We know young people all over the world are making change, but it’s not often that I get to feature an old friend who taught me how to skateboard in my freshman year of college. Congrats on your success Fuj!

He Makes an App, and Medical World Listens [San Diego Union-Tribune]