Collaboration in medical device innovation

InnovateMD serves as an educational hub that complements the projects and initiatives of MEDx and the clinical departments of Duke Health.

The program is designed to provide medical/surgical trainees and faculty, who may have a background in engineering and/or technology, or simply an interest in medical device development, with an educational and experience-based opportunity to collaborate with engineering students and faculty in the field of medical device innovation.

InnovateMD provides opportunities via two pathways: the Fellowship Program and the Associate Program.

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Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Program is a competitive, one-year, full-immersion opportunity available to residents, fellows, and faculty with protected academic time.

Fellows either select an existing project or idea, or develop a new project based on clinical observation and identification of unmet clinical needs. Centered on this project are educational opportunities that include seminars, workshops, events on and off campus, coursework and textbooks, and access to advisors in the fields of medicine, engineering, industry, business, and law.

At the end of the program, fellows deliver a design and/or prototype as well as a business case, with the intent of continuing development beyond the conclusion of the program.

Associate Program

The Associate Program is an educational platform for trainees and faculty who have an interest in medical device development but have clinical obligations that preclude participation in the Fellowship Program.

Colleagues from the Pratt School of Engineering, Fuqua School of Business, and Duke School of Law are also be encouraged to attend events. Participants will have access to seminars, workshops, and events on and off campus related to medical device development.

In addition to education, the program seeks to facilitate team formation and collaboration around a specific clinical project. Participation is open year-round on a rolling basis.


David Ranney, MDTo express interest in joining the program, complete this survey, and the program organizers will be in touch.

If you have questions about the InnovateMD program, please contact David Ranney, MD at