Biodesign Faculty Fellowship

Frequently Asked Questions

Who teaches the Biodesign Faculty Fellowship program?

The Biodesign Innovation Fellowship is led by Associate Fellowship Director Ryan Van Wert, as well as Assistant Fellowship Directors Partha Ray and Janene Fuerch. 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 2020-21?

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 2021-22 application deadline?

Applications for the 2021-22 program will open in spring 2021 with more timing details provided then. 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?

Please stay tuned for more information about interviews and selection decisions.

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). It is your responsibility to talk with your Division Chief and Department Chair to make them aware of these requirements and confirm their support. We advise you to keep both your Division Chief and Department Chair apprised of your status throughout the application process. For applicants from the Department of Surgery, please also notify Geoff Gurtner of your intention to apply. As the department’s Vice Chair of Innovation, Dr. Gurtner’s pre-approval of your application is necessary to secure department funds.

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 workshops (TBA). The working version of the schedule for 2020-21 can be found below as an example. Please note that attendance is mandatory (faculty fellows typically miss no more than 1 meeting per academic year).

  • UPDATED - Virtual kick-off meeting and training "boot camp" – October 14, 5:30-7:30 pm AND October 21, 1:30-4:30 pm
  • Check-in meeting #1 for needs finding assignment – November 18 from 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Check-in meeting #2 for needs finding assignment – December 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Wednesday workshops at Biodesign (dinner provided) –
    • January 6 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • January 13 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • January 20 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • January 27 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • February 3 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • February 10 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • February 17 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • February 24 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • March 3 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • March 10 from 5:30-8:00 pm (prototyping session)
    • March 17 from 5:00-8:00 pm (final presentations for winter quarter)
    • March 24 from 7:00-8:00 am (breakfast with BFF alumni)
    • March 31 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • April 7 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • April 14 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • April 21 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • April 28 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • May 5 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • May 12 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • May 19 from 5:30-7:30 pm
    • May 26 from 5:00-8:00 pm (final presentations for spring quarter)
    • June 9 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 (TBA). Join us to learn more about the program, ask questions, and network with program leaders and alumni.