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 Initiative at Dartmouth 

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Innovation and Collaboration in Action:
Accelerating The Medical Device Development Process


The growing demands on our healthcare system, brought about by an aging population and shrinking resources, require new technologies to better meet our patients' medical needs. To this end, we must develop partnerships between academic medicine, regulators, and industry to develop new therapies efficiently. This requires a corps of active clinicians with a sophisticated understanding of the medical device development process. Dartmouth is leading this effort to address this widely-recognized need.


The Curriculum outlined below has been developed in close collaboration with the Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (CDRH) at the FDA and leaders throughout the medical device ecosystem.

Need: Medical device development is a highly technical and complicated capital-intensive process requiring industry to work closely with regulators at the FDA. The ability to address patients’ needs requires a current understanding of the clinical environment. Though device developers and the FDA have deep competency in development and regulatory processes, the ecosystem is often frustrated by the inability to maintain a current understanding of the quickly changing clinical environment. To address this need, the 3D-Initiative is developing the 3D-Scholars certificate program.

Goal: The 3D-Scholars program will equip active clinicians with an understanding of the device development and regulatory process to provide regulators and the medical device community with guidance and leadership.

How we got here

For over twenty years, Dartmouth Health, and the Geisel School of Medicine, has convened a unique and preeminent annual think tank meeting for the medical device ecosystem which includes leaders representing the clinical, business, governmental, financial and legal sectors. The 3D Symposium led by Dr. Aaron Kaplan, Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, is an internationally respected program. This annual forum provides an opportunity to exchange ideas and address common challenges as the community – academics, clinicians, regulators, investors, industry-strives to bring new life-saving technologies to market.

Building on the success of the Symposium, the Geisel School of Medicine and Dartmouth Health is establishing The 3D-Initiative at Dartmouth with the goal of advancing the medical device development process to improve the health of our patients. The Initiative’s initial focus will be the 3D-Symposium and establishing the 3D-Scholars Program.

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Dartmouth’s 3D-Initiative is uniquely positioned to establish the 3D Scholars Program. The 3D-Initiative will leverage contacts throughout the medical device ecosystem along with an extensive cross-campus network of faculty from the Geisel School of Medicine, the Thayer School of Engineering, the Tuck School of Business, The Dartmouth Institute and Dartmouth College, to support the 3D Scholars Program.




Position availability:
We are currently accepting applications for the 2025-2026 academic year.

Application requirements

To apply for our 3D Fellows Scholar Program, please have the following materials ready.

1)  Personal Statement (not to exceed1 page) describing why          you want to train as 3D Scholar, your future career goals,          and your research experience

2)  500 Word Bio 

2)  Curriculum Vitae (CV)

3)  Two Reference Letters

         a. Mentor

         b. Peer

5)  Letter from Department Head
a. Protected time to attend all 5 weeklong retreats and               b. Protected time to complete the Capstone Project.

         c. Support for Tuition of $50,000 USD

 6)  Applicants must demonstrate U.S. citizenship or the                  equivalent. (naturalized citizen, green card, US Passport).


For further information regarding the application process and eligibility, please contact Joanie Moritz-Smith, Program Manager

Application Form

Please combine all required items in the order listed into one document in PDF format to upload below & complete the application form.

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 Initiative at Dartmouth 

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Innovation and Collaboration in Action:
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