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?

Applications for the 2017-18 Biodeign Faculty Fellowship program are due by Setpember 15, 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 by October 6, 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?

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 2017-18 schedule is still being finalized but the working version is shown here:

  • Kick-off meeting and training "boot camp" at the – October 19 from 12:00-7:00 pm
  • Check-in meeting for needs finding assignment – November 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Wednesday workshops at Biodesign (dinner provided) –
    • January 10 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • January 17 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • January 24 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • February 7 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • February 21 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • February 28 from 5:30-7:30 pm (at the
    • March 14 from 5:30-7:30 pm (in the Biodesign Collab)
    • March 21 from 5:00-8:00 pm (final presentations for winter quarter)
    • April 4 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • April 18 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • May 2 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • May 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • May 23 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • May 30 from 5:00-8:00 pm (final presentations for spring quarter)
    • June 13 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 on Thursday, August 17 from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Clark Center, room E105. Refreshments will be provided. Please join us to learn more about the program, ask questions, and network with program leadders and alumni. Please RSVP here by Tuesday, August 15.