The First Digital Health Fellowship in the Nation

Body Computing One-Year Research Fellowship in Digital Health

Eligible Candidates: The USC Center for Body Computing (CBC) Fellowship is offered to MD’s who have successfully completed training in an ACGME Residency Program.  Must be a citizen of the United States.

Fellowship Term: July 2017 – July 2018

Application Due Date: April 30, 2017

Fellowship Supervisor: Dr. Leslie Saxon, Executive Director, USC Center for Body Computing

Fellowship Program Description: This one-year Research Fellowship in Digital Health will provide research opportunities and exposure to the digital health solutions being developed and studied at the USC Center for Body Computing. The Center for Body Computing focuses on patient-facing, digital health solutions designed to enhance patient education, diagnosis, and therapy. These solutions utilize implantable and wearable technology, mobile application development and implementation, virtual reality, as well as artificial intelligence and big data analytics. During the fellowship, application of these technologies are not only studied within a healthcare system, but also within the context of optimizing elite athletic and warfighter performance, resiliency and injury prevention.

Fellows will be trained in cybersecurity issues, as well as in the use of data analytic tools and techniques that are required when performing digital health research in compliance with current privacy and FDA regulations. Training will also be provided in how to design and assemble the multi-disciplinary expertise needed to build a medical mobile application that communicates with an implantable or body worn sensor. The Fellow will collaborate with companies to create digital health solutions, such as mobile apps.

The Fellow will participate in future and on-going studies in the use of:

  1. Digital health tools for management of chronic disease
  2. Sensors, software and audio to optimize elite athletic and warfighter performance

The Fellow will also participate in the preparation and submission for publication of original research performed in the USC Center for Body Computing and will present that research, in major scientific sessions. Throughout the year there will be significant exposure and collaborative opportunities with others students and trainees that currently participate in research and collaborations with the Center including USC Keck medical students and residents, trainees from other USC schools and visiting trainees from other Universities.

Responsibilities will also include participation in the design and planning of the annual USC Body Computing Conference and will present the findings of a CBC research project as a conference participant.

Participation in meetings and collaborations with academic partners of the USC Center for Body Computing, which include:

  1. The Schools of Engineering, Cinematic Arts, Business, Fine Arts, Architecture and Social Work
  2. The Institute for Creative Technologies, the Stevens Institute for Innovation and Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
  3.  Faculty for these schools will also directly interact with the fellow.


Interaction and collaboration with a wide network of industry and organizational partners of the Center for Body Computing includes, but is not limited to:

  1. Medical Device, Pharma and Payer Companies/Orgs
  2. Consumer Device Makers
  3. Design, Software, Sensor and Data Companies


To apply: Please submit a cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation to:

Mona Sobhani, Ph.D.
Senior Project Manager and Research Lead
USC Center for Body Computing