Program Highlights

Explore the answers to frequently asked questions and hear from past fellows about the Pediatric Surgery Innovation Fellowship.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Pediatric Surgery Innovation Fellowship program?

The Pediatric Surgery Innovation Fellowship is a multidisciplinary "team" training program for post-graduate professionals with medical, dental, doctorate, or master's degrees, who are committed to addressing real healthcare issues through innovation excellence. This program draws on the strengths of Michigan's renowned schools and colleges to develop a new type of medical innovator with the knowledge and integrated, cross-disciplinary skills necessary to transform problems into practical solutions and discoveries into products. This intensive program provides practical training through experiential learning that allows innovation knowledge to be applied to the medical arena and beyond.

What is a medical innovation team?

Fellows are assembled into multidisciplinary innovation teams, comprised of one medical or dental resident, two graduate engineers of different disciplines, and one MBA. Innovation fellows are expected to function as a cohesive team, blurring the boundaries of their respective disciplines, specialties, or sub-specialties.

How will I benefit from being a Pediatric Surgery Innovation Fellow?

Upon completion of the fellowship training, not only will you have had advanced training from a premiere institution, but you will also be:

  • Proficient in the "best practices" of innovation, which can be broadly applied
  • Able to create a successful, sustainable innovation program that drives business value
  • Well-positioned to make a substantial contribution in an existing healthcare company or to establish a new venture
  • Equipped with the "know-how" to develop real products to address real problems that make a real difference
  • Effective in working in multidisciplinary teams and assuming management and leadership roles
  • Networked with an innovative and entrepreneurial community
  • Highly sought after for your knowledge and experience

Will I receive a degree upon completion?

The fellowship training program is a non-degree granting program. The program is intended to be an advanced experiential education that expands your perspectives and skills and develops an integrated, cross-disciplinary approach that can be applied to your independent career goals.

Is there a charge for the training program?

There is no tuition charged for the fellowship. You will receive a stipend and are eligible for health benefits during the program.

Past Fellow Testimonials

The fellowship was a once in a lifetime opportunity to openly observe, learn through practice, and fully immerse ourselves in every aspect of clinical care.
We had the opportunity to observe and work on improving absolutely anything. Our search for opportunities to improve medical care were not limited to a certain type of technology, particular user group, certain procedures or settings of treatments, etc. 
We learned many observational skills, creative thinking techniques, and ways of evaluating opportunities. We immediately applied these skills when making clinical observations and evaluating the opportunities we observed. Applying what we had learned was very challenging the first time, but we were guided and taught more as we did so. As a result, these skills and habits are fully integrated into my approach. If we did not actively apply what we were learning to practice, we probably would only be incorporating a small percentage into daily practice.
I will probably never again have the ability to observe in any setting of the hospital, clinics, patients' homes, etc. that I did during the fellowship. This enabled us to study a problem from absolutely every perspective first-hand and not rely on interviews to fill in perspectives that we could not experience ourselves.

Laura McCormick, PhD, Brio Device LLC Technology VP

The unique opportunity to work with a bright, talented, and energetic group of fellows from highly multidisciplinary backgrounds – each with key contributions to make toward biomedical innovation – was nothing short of phenomenal. The entire team spent a year interacting with faculty and staff of the Center for Sleep Science, and the education obtained was very much bidirectional. The focus was, how could we make substantive improvements in care for patients with sleep or related health challenges, in a manner that could then be exported to sleep practices around the world. The experience had lasting effects and benefits for everyone involved, well beyond the one-year fellowship.

Ronald D. Chervin, MD, Director, U-M Sleep Disorders Center

Interested in learning more about the Pediatric Surgery Innovation Fellowship? Please visit our fellowship page for additional details.

The Pediatric Surgery Innovation Fellowship is a program supported by the Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium (M-PED). Visit the M-PED website to learn more about the research and innovation projects on which the consortium is working.

Contact Us

Jonathon Campbell

Fellowship Manager

Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium (M-PED)

300 North Ingalls Building, NI2B09
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 763-0753

Dr. James Geiger

Pediatric Device Consortium (M-PED) Director