Path of Excellence: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence at the University of Michigan Medical School gives medical students a unique insight into the rapidly expanding culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in biomedical research and medicine.

Supported in part by Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI), the path offers firsthand experience on the innovation process leading to new biomedical devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, health IT, service line improvements, or policy advances. Other collaborators include U-M College of Engineering, U-M Medical School, Zell Lurie Institute, U-M Office of Tech Transfer, and U-M Ross School of Business.

For students who are passionate about improving health care through innovation, the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence provides the resources, perspective and exposure to explore all aspects of this career choice.

Not a student, but interested in getting involved with the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence? Click here

How does it work?

Join fellow I&E students in the Innovation Bootcamp where you will learn about the fundamentals of biomedical commercialization.

-Select a practice project & team members

-Attend a series of required hands-on workshops to learn the basics in: customer discovery, regulatory, reimbursement, process & systems, eco-systems, stakeholders, how to give a pitch on your idea, and more!

-View the FFMI online-learning module to support your continued growth on your own schedule

-Gain exposure to how medical device prototypes are constructed by engaging with engineers

-Present your project poster at the Michigan Growth Captial Symposium and network with real biomedical entrepreneurs in healthcare

Participate in FFMI fastPACE, a hands-on learning experience that will ready you for real-world business challenges

Identify your capstone mentor

Check in throughout the semester to promote your continued capstone growth and focus on accommodating your medical school curriculum in parallel to completing your capstone

Attend office hours with team members from FFMI, Zell Lurie, and the Office of Tech Transfer to help move your capstone forward

Network with industry

Your capstone project may be individual or as part of a group, but you must submit your capstone report for credit. Example capstone projects include:

Pitch competitions

Business presentations

Launching a startup

Written business case/plans

Submitting a patent application

Building prototypes

Poster presentations

White papers

Summary report on critical analysis

What the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence Can Do for You:

• Recognition from the Dean

• Gain professional and leadership skills

• Network with key contacts

• Add to your résumé or CV

• Enhance applications for a MBA or dual degree program

• Find an internship

• Start a venture

• Launch a startup

Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) commercialization education courses and sessions such as FFMI firstPACE, FFMI fastPACE, self-guided online modules, and PACE events.

Zell Lurie Institute workshops

Sling Health – a student organization that offers practical team management and technical expertise

Medical Innovation Group – a social network of medical students interested in biomedical innovation

Ann Arbor SPARK events

FFMI offers the flexibility to tailor the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence based on your individual needs, medical school level, experience, and timeline. Join the I&E Path either during your M1 or M3 year, depending on your interests and schedule.

We’ll work with you to make sure that you successfully complete the path and achieve your goals.

View the Innovation & Entreprenuership Student Spotlight here.

Meet the current Innovation & Entrepreneurship students here.

Currently enrolled? Find resources, updates, and more here.

Biomedical Office Hours

Did you know representatives from Fast Forward Medical Innovation, Office of Tech Transfer, and Zell Lurie Institute are available for Office Hours every Friday? Learn more and meet the team.


Innovation and Entrepreneurship Path of Excellence welcomes all medical students at any stage in their training. We also encourage multiple Path of Excellence participation for interested students.

For any questions or to sign up, get in touch with Margarita Hernandez, PhD, Program Coordinator at or 734.615.7476.

May 1, 2018