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Surgical Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

We live in a golden age of surgical technology. New techniques and markets allow us to develop and evaluate interventions at a rigor and pace unknown to past generations. New startups regularly emerge out of research in university laboratories, benefitting both companies and scientists. This 2-week course will position students precisely at this juncture, focusing on medical innovation and drawing themes from clinical medicine, engineering design, and business principles. Students will hear from Stanford University faculty and Silicon Valley MedTech Industry experts from Fogarty Innovation, who are on the frontline and leading the effort in medical innovation. The course will provide an invaluable opportunity to seek guidance from some of the leaders in the field. Discussing real-world case studies with professionals will prepare students for their final "shark tank" style project in which students will develop and pitch their own innovation. This course will be valuable for students interested in medical innovation, surgery, biomedical engineering and MedTech entrepreneurship.

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Session One
at the time of application
Scheduled Class Time*

04:00 PM - 07:00 PM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.


Students should have at least one course in high school biology.