Medventions Internship Program

An immersive experience in medical device innovation that partners thought-leaders in engineering, medicine, and business to develop real solutions to emerging medical challenges

Medventions Internship Program

Application deadline for Winter 2020 program is OCTOBER 31st, 2019. 

Dates: Currently recruiting interns for the winter semester (January – April 2020)

Open to: Researchers, clinicians, postdocs, graduate and senior undergraduate students and recent grads from UCalgary and beyond, with technical backgrounds in engineering and/or healthcare who are interested in gaining experience in medical device innovation

Program details: Medventions was developed at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and launched its first cohort in 2015. Since then nine teams of innovators have successfully contributed to innovations in cardiology, trauma care, anesthesiology, vascular surgery and orthopedics. The program provides a streamlined entrepreneurial training approach to identify and support both opportunities and innovators to develop and commercialize solutions to unmet clinical needs.

MedventionsYYC brings this successful training and innovation model to Western Canada. We are excited to launch our first cohort in January 2020. Four aspiring medtech innovators will be selected from a competitive application. Over the four-month term, this multidisciplinary team will collaborate with academic and industry partners to deeply understand the complexities of bringing innovations from bench-to-bedside. They will identify and validate clinical needs; develop, prototype and validate initial solutions; and begin to plan for commercialization and implementation into patient care. Central to the experience are regular med-tech innovation workshops and seminars; pairing with clinical mentors and immersion in various clinical environments.

The program also includes access to a vast network of clinical, engineering and business expertise and community in Calgary and beyond; and training and access to maker-spaces and end-users in order to test and validate emerging technologies. The program culminates with an innovation symposium, after which teams are well connected and well-positioned to continue to further develop and commercialize innovations by accessing the various innovation pipelines supported by Hunter Hub and our community partners.

Funders and Partners: MedventionsYYC is offered and funded in partnership with Sunnybrook and the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking. Interns are supported by a Strategic Innovation Fund grant awarded by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada.

Contacts: For more information, please contact

Application deadline for Winter 2020 program is OCTOBER 31st, 2019. Applications are now closed.

More Information & Application Instructions

Please address your resume/CV and one-page cover letter to Dr. Jane Desrochers and submit them, along with the documents outlined below, as a single PDF document by email to

In your cover letter (not to exceed one page), please include a response to the following question: How do your past experience and future career plans align with the Medventions Innovation Fellowship?

In addition, please include the following:
1. Your maximum one-page response to the following:

  • Why are you interested in the Medventions Fellowship program? Based on what you know about it, which specific aspects of it are most exciting to you?
  • What do you bring to the program and what are you hoping to achieve through the program?
  • How do you deal with uncertainty, shifting/competing priorities, potential team conflict, etc.?
  • What are your greatest technical strengths and limitations as they relate to MedTech innovation?
  • What are your greatest personal/professional strengths and limitations as they relate to a team project in MedTech innovation?

2. A copy of your most recent transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient at this stage)
3. The names and e-mail addresses of two referees who have agreed to be your references
4. Name and contact of your current or most recent graduate supervisor, as applicable
5. Name and contact of your current or most recent employer/supervisor, as applicable

Before you submit your application, double-check that the following are included:

  • Resume/CV
  • One-page response to questions above
  • Transcripts
  • References
  • Contact info for current or most recent supervisor, as applicable

Deadline for applications is 4pm on October 31, 2019. We thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted.

Medventions is a four-month internship program that augments innovation in the area of image-guided therapeutics, artificial intelligence and data analytics. The program provides a streamlined entrepreneurial training approach to nurture medtech expertise in Alberta. Central to the internship experience is the clinical engineering design project, a condensed, immersive experience in clinical needs finding, ideation and prototyping that culminates in the development of a commercially viable solution to a real health care need.

Project Objectives and Milestones
Phase 1 – Clinical needs identification, assessment and prioritization

  • Objectives: Observe, identify, research, analyze and filter clinical needs in various settings e.g.: surgical suites and outpatient clinics
  • Deliverables: Thorough needs analysis of identified clinical needs, including: thorough understanding of clinical condition/challenge, benchmarking of existing solutions, market analysis, literature search and patent search

Phase 2 – Ideation and brainstorming

  • Objectives: development and analysis of preliminary solutions and business models for those solutions, understanding of regulatory landscape and IP
  • Deliverables: concept selection to proceed through next phase

Phase 3 – Concept development and prototyping

  • Objectives: translate ideas from phase 2 into viable prototypes; validate and test these prototypes
  • Deliverables: physical prototype with high-level design specifications

Other Training Opportunities

  • Clinical mentorship and engagement
  • One on one guidance for fellows to share expertise and experience and guide progress on all clinical aspects of their chosen design project
  •  Medventions Lecture Series
    • In collaboration with Sunnybrook Research Institute, and tapping into the wealth of resources in Calgary – and Alberta more broadly – fellows will participate in a range of lectures and workshops given by clinical, academic and industry medtech thought leader
  • Access to Calgary and Alberta’s thriving medtech community and the broad range of innovation-to-commercialization pipelines and resources through the Hunter Hub