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, as well as Sandy Ruggles and Janene Fuerch, Faculty Fellowship Mentors. 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. We welcome participants at all stages in their careers. Applicants must have a professor or instructor appointment, which cannot be concurrent with a fellowship or post-doc appointment.

All faculty lines are eligible to apply. In medicine, this includes university tenure line (research or teaching), clinician educator, and medical center line faculty. In engineering, this includes faculty in the university tenure line and non-tenure line (research, teaching, or performance), as well as lecturers.

Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate faculty members from other universities at this time.

How many Faculty Fellows will be selected for 2018-19?

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 20-25 applications and will interview everyone who applies.

When is the 2019-20 application deadline?

Applications for the 2019-20 Biodeign Faculty Fellowship program are due on June 12, 2019. Applications must be submitted with a Division Chief/Department Chair signature and the applicant’s CV.

When are interviews, and when will selection decisions be announced?

Interviews will take place June 17-28, 2019. All applicants will be notified of the selection decisions on or before July 12, 2019.

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 ($9,000 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 working version of the schedule for 2019-20 can be found below. Please note that attendance is mandatory (faculty fellows typically miss no more than 1 meeting per academic year).

  • Kick-off meeting and training "boot camp" – October 2 from 12:00-7:00 pm
  • Check-in meeting #1 for needs finding assignment – November 13 from 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Check-in meeting #2 for needs finding assignment – December 11 from 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Wednesday workshops at Biodesign (dinner provided) –
    • January 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • January 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • January 22 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • January 29 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • February 5 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • February 12 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • February 19 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • February 26 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • March 4 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • March 11 from 5:30-8:00 pm (prototyping session)
    • March 18 from 5:00-8:00 pm (final presentations for winter quarter)
    • March 25 from 7:00-8:00 am (breakfast with BFF alumni)
    • April 1 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • April 8 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • April 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • April 22 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • April 29 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • May 6 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • May 13 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • May 20 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • May 27 from 5:00-8:00 pm (final presentations for spring quarter)
    • June 10 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 May 15, 2019 from 5:15-6:30 pm at the Clark Center, room E105. Please RSVP here. Then join us to learn more about the program, ask questions, and network with program leaders and alumni.