The Pediatric Surgery Innovation Fellowship at U-M is designed for post-graduate professionals with advanced degrees in medicine or engineering. The fellowship program assembles a team of talented post-graduates in medicine (MD, DO), engineering (Masters and above), dentistry and business (MBA) to develop medical technologies which will significantly impact human health. The “anti-disciplinary” nature of the program blurs the boundaries of these disciplines as the fellows work together as a team. The action learning approach begins with a deep understanding of the unmet medical need and progresses through design, prototyping, regulatory and business planning on the way to full commercialization.
This fellowship offers:
- Learning in teams: The fellowship matches trainees from engineering and pediatric surgery trainee design or business to form a year-long team as they study problem spaces in pediatric health care and then devise opportunities for new devices or other improvements.
- Support for commercialization: Drawing on the resources and expertise within the Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium and U-M’s Fast Forward Medical Innovation initiative, we’re well-positioned to guide innovations from conception to commercialization. Trainee teams are encouraged to form their own companies over the course of the fellowship, and you’ll receive training in the business of medical innovation as well as the science.
- Time for research: Ideas generated as a result of the design process naturally dovetail with research and publication opportunities for trainees, with many fellows in the program publishing their work by the end of the program.