Needs Finding in Healthcare

What does a patient in the healthcare system really need to make the experience better?

Are you on an engineering pathway, but trying to decide if opportunities in healthcare might be of interest to you? Or, are you committed to a career in healthcare, but eager to explore how to incorporate technology innovation into your plans? In either case, Needs Finding in Healthcare is the Sophomore College for you!

Many courses offered during the regular academic year provide students with the opportunity to understand healthcare problems and invent new technologies to address them. But none give undergraduates the chance to observe the delivery of healthcare in the real world and identify important unmet needs for themselves…until now! 

Needs Finding in Healthcare is a new Sophomore College program offered by Professor Paul Yock and the Stanford Biodesign team. We’re looking for students who are passionate about innovation and interested in how technology can be applied to help make healthcare better for patients everywhere. Over three weeks, you’ll spend time:

  • Learning the fundamentals of the biodesign innovation process for health technology innovation
  • Performing first-hand observations of care delivery in the Stanford’s hospital and clinics – specifically in surgery and the emergency room – to identify compelling unmet needs
  • Conducting background research and interacting with physicians and patients to understand and prioritize those needs
  • Brainstorming and building early-stage prototypes to enhance your understanding of the unmet need and critical requirements for solving it

In addition, you’ll meet experienced innovators from the health technology field and explore different career pathways in this dynamic space. Join us if you want to make a difference at the intersection of medicine and engineering!

Other requirements/information:

Over the summer, students will be need to work with Stanford Biodesign to gain medical clearance to perform observations in the Stanford Hospital and Clinics. This will involve completing required paperwork, submitting vaccination records, and making a trip to the School of Medicine badging office. Complete instructions and important deadlines will be provided upon acceptance into the program.


Meet the Instructor(s)

Paul Yock

The Martha Meier Weiland Professor in the School of Medicine, Professor of Bioengineering and, by courtesy, of Mechanical Engineering

Yock began his faculty career as an interventional cardiologist at UC San Francisco and then moved to Stanford in 1994. Yock is known for his work in inventing, developing and testing new devices, including the Rapid Exchange angioplasty and stenting system, which is the primary approach used worldwide. Yock also authored the fundamental patents for intravascular ultrasound imaging, conducted the initial clinical trials and established the Stanford Center for Research in Cardiovascular Interventions as a core laboratory for analysis of intravascular ultrasound clinical studies. He also invented the Smart Needle and is a co-inventor of the strain-reduction patch for wound healing. Yock was founding Co-Chair of the Department of Bioengineering and continues research related to new device technologies. Yock also founded and is the Director of the Program in Biodesign, a unit of Bio-X dedicated to advanced training in medical technology innovation.

David Camarillo

Associate Professor of Bioengineering

David B. Camarillo is Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, (by courtesy) Mechanical Engineering and Neurosurgery at Stanford University. Dr. Camarillo holds a B.S.E in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University, a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and completed postdoctoral fellowships in Biophysics at the UCSF and Biodesign Innovation at Stanford. Dr. Camarillo worked in the surgical robotics industry at Intuitive Surgical and Hansen Medical, before launching his laboratory at Stanford in 2012. His current research focuses on precision human measurement for multiple clinical and physiological areas including the brain, heart, lungs, and reproductive system. Dr. Camarillo has been awarded the Hellman Fellowship, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Program award, among other honors including multiple best paper awards in brain injury and robotic surgery. His research has been funded by the NIH, NSF, DoD, as well as corporations and private philanthropy. His lab’s research has been featured on NPR, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Science News, ESPN, and as well as other media outlets aimed at education of the public.

Lyn Denend

Academic Prog Prof Mgr, School of Medicine - MDRP'S - Biodesign Program

Lyn Denend is a lecturer with the Stanford School of Medicine and the director for academic programs at Stanford Biodesign. In her Biodesign role, she is responsible for developing curriculum, teaching in multiple courses and programs, and helping Stanford Biodesign strengthen its educational content. Lyn is also the principal writer for both editions of the Biodesign textbook. Previously, Lyn worked at the Stanford Graduate School of Business as the staff director for the Program in Healthcare Innovation. Additionally, she was a research associate with the GSB’s case writing office, where she authored a variety of research papers and created multi-media teaching materials. Prior to joining the Stanford community, Lyn was a management consultant. She has an MBA from Duke's Fuqua School of Business and a BA in communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara.