Healthcare Innovation Fellowship

The Healthcare Innovation Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for fellows to learn about healthcare delivery innovation and gain skills and experience in innovation development, evaluation, and implementation. 

The fellowship is a program of the Healthcare Innovation Lab, a collaboration between BJC HealthCare and Washington University School of Medicine. The Lab identifies and implements care delivery innovations using data, analytics, and technology to improve the health of patients and their communities. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the Lab facilitates health delivery innovations by bringing together clinicians, patients, informaticians, researchers, public health experts, and private industry. As promising innovations are developed, the Lab helps implement, evaluate, and spread them across BJC HealthCare and Washington University care delivery sites, the broader St. Louis community, and beyond. The Lab also serves as a conduit to the national and international healthcare innovation community, facilitating bidirectional conversations that will accelerate collaborative innovation.

The Lab is specifically focused on developing innovations in four areas: 1) utilizing personalized health data – from genomics to social determinants – to optimally inform care, 2) moving care delivery closer to where patients live, work, and play, 3) harnessing community data for community health, and 4) engaging patients in shared decision-making and longitudinal health behaviors.


  • Clinical trainees or faculty with a strong interest in clinical innovation, care delivery and implementation science.  Applicants are required to hold an advanced degree in medical, nursing, or allied health field.
  • Capacity to devote a minimum of 50% of their time to the fellowship.

Fellowship Structure and Activities:

  • Innovation fellows will take a primary role leading one or morecare delivery innovation projects, in line with their professional and clinical interests. The project may be already in process, or designed in conjunction with the fellow. In both cases, the fellow will drive innovation design, evaluation, and implementation. The fellow will be expected to generate one or more manuscripts connected to the innovation project, and oversee its publication in the peer-reviewed literature. 
  • Innovation fellows will supplement their experiential innovation work with didactics tailored to their innovation work and career goals. The specific training will be identified and determined by the fellow and Lab staff. Examples include clinical informatics, clinical investigation methods, quality improvement methods, and health system administration.
  • Innovation fellows will be expected to attend all Innovation Lab team activities permitted by their clinical duties.
  • Fellows are required to adhere to all clinical requirements as mandated by their primary training programs.


The Innovation Lab will support fellows with:

  • Innovation Lab workspace and IT needs
  • Support for academic products (e.g. publication fees)
  • Exposure to innovation conferences, networks, and other activities
  • The fellowship does not provide salary support for fellows.

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