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 at least one surgical resident and at least one engineer. Each team is different and have in the past included fellows with an MBA or design background. 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

 “I have found that my 'eyes' for potential opportunities have become keener.  Every inefficiency, complication, difficulty, or bad outcome encountered in the clinical world becomes a chance for improvement.”

Farokh Demerhi, MD (2014-2015)

“The best part of the fellowship is the immersion into the surgical and clinical work, with a first-hand experience of the surgeries and patient-based interactions. That is really the main driver that helps new ideas take shape, when you are faced with a patient that you know can benefit from your team’s work.

Sophia P. Pilipchuk, PhD, BME (2017-2018)

Past Innovation Teams

Innovation teams, made up of fellows from both engineering and medical backgrounds, work together throughout the fellowship to develop a concept and take it through the different stages of product development.

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 MPED 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

Dr. James Geiger

Pediatric Device Consortium (M-PED) Director