The Michigan Promise includes specific strategies to enhance the role of innovation and entrepreneurship in academic life. 

Our Initiatives

We provide opportunities to further enrich innovation and entrepreneurship at the Department of Surgery. Additionally, we aim to expand upon traditional funding models, which are often limited with respect to time and scope in their ability to support all aspects of academic research with rapid dissemination into practice.

The goal of the Directed Sabbatical Time is to enable faculty to devote focused time away from the daily operational tasks of clinical surgery in the pursuit of professional improvement and productive scholarship. Directed Sabbatical Time occurs away from standard teaching, administrative, and clinical duties to pursue a professional interest best accomplished through a dedicated period of full immersion.

Once faculty members have completed the 8-week program, they will present the results of their directed sabbatical time to their fellow Department of Surgery faculty members.

Beginning in their 3rd year of appointment at the Department of Surgery, faculty members across all tracks and levels are eligible to be nominated by their section for this program.

The Department of Surgery's Center for Surgical Innovation core offers a hub of innovation development opportunities for trainees and faculty members throughout their careers.

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Please contact Candice Stegink, Associate Director of Innovation, at [email protected] to learn more.