At the U-M Department of Surgery, we take the spirit of discovery seriously. Our vision is to create an environment where surgical faculty and trainees who are passionate about innovation have access to the necessary tools and training to foster cutting-edge ideas. In addition to working on research projects with faculty members with specific expertise in innovation, trainees will develop skill sets to advance independent projects. We have created courses around surgical innovation and entrepreneurship that have become a national model for its reach and results.
We aim to support:
- Learning across all levels, from medical students to senior faculty, including a formal curriculum for medical student education in innovation.
- A focus on teamwork within entrepreneurship, including a first-of-its-kind 9-month course for surgical faculty to develop novel medical solutions.
- Partnerships with faculty in business and biomedical engineering, fostering relationships to solve medical problems together and bring new products to market.
- Leadership for innovation and entrepreneurship within the department through a dedicated associate chair position.