Innovation and Design Fellowship
The Innovation and Design Fellowship trains fellows in how to think, conceptualize, and achieve healthcare improvement through advances in technology, systems change, digital applications, and much more.
The Fellowship currculum is based on three pillars:
- Design Thinking
- Digital Health
Fellows may also augment study with activities in additional focus areas.
The fellow will learn to:
- Understand and apply biodesign and design thinking processes to identify significant unmet health needs
- Invent / evaluate new technologies and innovative solutions
- Explore med tech innovation as a potential career pathway
- Develop strategies for assessing and managing the risks and challenges unique to med tech innovation
- Hone critical thinking to understand the evolving digital health industry
- Teach design thinking process to lay people and healthcare providers
After completing the Design and Innovation Fellowship, the fellow will be equipped to:
- provide valuable insight and guidance to start-up companies
- launch med tech careers
- invest/consult in the life sciences fields
- drive improvement and innovation within a large and complex health system
- Design Thinking Process in partnership with Stanford d.school (EMED 255/DINST255)
- Biodesign Process in partnership with the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign (Biodesign Innovation Course)
- Digital Health Project
- Graduate Biodesign Innovation Course Member
- Innovation Focus Areas: corporate and venture investing; medtech engineering, big data; machine learning; artifical intelligence; biopharma and life sciences.
Fellowship Director Alexei Wagner, MD's teaching and research focus on innovation, human-centered design, and digital health as a tool to change care delivery.
Dr. Wagner is assistant director of adult emergency medicine (clinical), and also currently teaches within the Hasso Platner Institute of Design (d.school) and within the Stanford Byers Center for Biodesign.
Additional faculty mentors will be designated for each focus area.
Fellows combine clinical shifts in an academic teaching hospital with didactics.
- Fellows are required to work 8 shifts per month (approximately 15 hours per week) as Attending Physician in the emergency department (ED) at Stanford University Hospital, with an academic appointment of Clinical Instructor in the Clinician Educator Line at Stanford University.
- While attending in the ED, fellows supervise residents and medical students.
- Clinical time is spent at Stanford University Hospital which is a world-renowned medical center. It is a Level 1 Adult and Pediatric trauma center with aero-medical transport. The diverse and high acuity patient population provides an excellent opportunity to continue to master clinical skills.
- All fellows must be ABEM board certified/eligible.
- October 1
- Board-eligible or board-certified emergency medicine physician from 4 year ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency programs or 3 year ACGME EM programs with minimum 1 year post-graduate experience
- Have demonstrated an interest in health design, med tech, clinical operations, and digital health initiatives.
- Proven professionalism and ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary team are required.
- Previous MBA or other graduate degree not required but valued.
- Must be eligible for an unrestricted CA medical license.
- Cover Letter - 500 words or less
- 2 Letters of Recommendation from clinicians you have collaborated with within the past 2 years. These letters should provide specific examples of your principal strengths and how your performance and skills compare with those of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles.
- 1 Letter of Recommendation from a non-clinician describing your work in a collaborative project. This letter should be brief - 250 words or less - and tell a story about your work.