The Stanford Anesthesia Innovation Lab (SAIL) offers a training pathway that allows physician-innovators to explore medical device research and development. The goal of this program is to help trainees develop the skills and knowledge required to advance our field through technology development. SAIL recruits applicants that ultimately want to have hybrid careers as both technology innovators and academic anesthesiologists. By strategically leveraging the unique resources available at Stanford and throughout Silicon Valley, SAIL provides trainees with the tools and partnerships that drive innovation.
The SAIL program includes either three years of advanced track anesthesia residency training or four years of categorical residency training, followed by a minimum one year of fellowship training. The SAIL program provides fellows with up to 6 months of protected time throughout residency to focus on technology development projects. During this time, SAIL fellows are expected to get involved with existing projects or work on their own independent projects. The goal of the training pathway is to provide fellows with an opportunity to develop novel anesthesia-related medical technology. SAIL fellows will learn to rapidly prototype and clinically validate their ideas. SAIL fellows will also be encouraged to apply for innovation grants/awards, publish their findings, and protect their ideas through patents.
The Innovator Training Award commences at the start of residency with the resident receiving an unrestricted $10,000 research stipend each year. This funding can be used at the discretion of the SAIL fellow, either to support their technology development efforts and/or as incremental income over their PGY salary. Additional funding to support technology development projects is available through small grants that are awarded through the department’s Research Committee.
The educational curriculum will be tailored to the individual fellow and their unique interests. At the beginning of residency, a formal training plan will be developed to ensure that each fellow achieves their educational objectives. Some components of the training include:
- Stanford Biodesign eLecture Series
- Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA)- Young Researcher’s Workshops
- Fellowship in Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER)- Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program
- Stanford Medicine X Series
- IDEO Workshops
- Bio2Device Meetings
- Stanford Business School, Design School, and Engineer School Lectures
There are several key milestones for fellows in the SAIL program:
- Submit a proposal for a department research grant to help support technology development efforts.
- Develop functional prototype of technology
- Submit for IRB approval (if required)
- File patent on technology
- Begin clinical validation study at Stanford
- Present technology at Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA) conference
- Apply for fellowship or research grants for the fellowship year
After completing residency training, SAIL fellows will continue with a fellowship year during which time they will be appointed as 20% time junior faculty at the Stanford University School of Medicine. During the fellowship year, fellows will be expected to commit 80% of their time towards technology development and 20% towards clinical care. The technology development commitment can come in many forms, which include:
- Independent Technology Development Project
- Stanford Biodesign Program
- Stanford AIM Technology Innovation Fellowship
- Stanford AIM Entrepreneurship Fellowship
- Stanford Design School Fellowship in Healthcare
- Stanford Ignite Program
The clinical commitment is fulfilled by working in the Stanford operating rooms ~1 day per week. This 20% clinical commitment provides $72,000 in base salary (plus benefits). Any salary support obtained from extramural funding is incremental.
Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Director of SAIL, Barrett Larson, MD (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. Individuals wishing to apply should email a one-page description of their relevant background, previous technology development projects, current research interests, and career plans to Dr. Larson. Applications will be reviewed by the SAIL Advisory Panel. Candidates will be chosen based on their background, experience, and demonstrated commitment to technology innovation.