Biodesign Faculty Fellowship

Frequently Asked Questions

Who teaches the Biodesign Faculty Fellowship program?

The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship is led by Ryan Van Wert, Assistant Fellowship Director, and Sandy Ruggles, Faculty Fellowship Mentor. Many other Biodesign faculty members also participate, along with academic innovators and experts from the health technology industry.

Who is eligible to apply to the program?

Stanford faculty members from Medicine or Engineering with an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for improving healthcare through health technology innovation are encouraged to apply. Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate faculty members from other universities at this time.

How many Faculty Fellows will be selected for 2018?

Twelve. Given the high level of personalized coaching and mentoring each fellow receives, we are able to accommodate a limited number of participants each year.

How many applications do you receive, and how many people do you interview?

We expect to receive approximately 30 applications and will interview everyone who applies.

When is the 2018 application deadline?

More information about the 2018 application cycle will become available soon, but applications will be due in mid-Setpember 2017. All applications should be submitted with a Division Chief/Department Chair signature and the applicant’s CV.

When will selection decisions be announced?

All applicants will be notified of the selection decisions in early October 2017.

Why is my Division Chief/Department Chair’s signature required?

Your Division Chief/Department Chair will be required to allow time for you to participate in the program. S/he will also be asked to help underwrite the cost of the training experience ($7,500 per faculty member). We will be talking with the Division Chiefs and Department Chairs to make them aware of these requirements. However, if you would like us to contact yours directly, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

How many hours per week should I expect to devote to the program?

From November through May, you should expect to spend an average of 8-10 hours per week on program activities, including reading and video assignments, project work, and small group mentoring sessions.

What is the schedule for all required sessions?

Once selected, all Biodesign Faculty Fellows will be required to attend a series of sessions. The 2018 schedule will become available soon. The 2017 schedule is included below as an example:

  • Kick-off meeting and training "boot camp" at the – November 15 from 12:30-7:00 pm
  • Wednesday workshops at Biodesign (dinner provided) –
    • January 18 from 5:30-7:00 pm
    • January 25 from 5:30-7:00 pm
    • February 8 from 5:30-7:00 pm
    • February 15 from 5:30-7:00 pm
    • February 22 from 5:30-7:00 pm
    • March 1 from 5:30-7:00 pm (at the
    • March 8 from 5:30-7:00 pm
    • March 22 from 5:00-8:00 pm (final presentations for winter quarter)
    • March 29 from 5:30-7:00 pm (in the Biodesign Collab)
    • April 19 from 5:30-7:00 pm
    • April 26 from 5:30-7:00 pm
    • May 10 from 5:30-7:00 pm
    • May 17 from 5:30-7:00 pm
    • May 31 from 5:00-8:00 pm (final presentations for spring quarter)
    • June 19 from 5:30-7:00 pm (debrief and celebration)

How can I learn more about the program?

Stanford Biodesign will host an information session for interested Stanford Faculty in August 2017. More information will become availabe soon.