Program Requirements


Trainees must:

  • fulfill all the requirements of their own degree granting program
  • take at least three of the biomedical imaging courses listed under "Related Links" to the right (which will count either as part of their depth courses or as electives) Students may also request permission from the Program Director to use other Stanford imaging courses for this category
  • participate in the Lucas Center and MIPS seminar series
  • take this required course:


Trainees should expect to develop their teaching skills while participating in this program. Accessing training and opportunities in teaching take a variety of forms, which are not limited to the following suggestions:

  • presenting in the Lucas Center Seminar Series
  • presenting at the Bioengineering seminar series (Bioe393)
  • become a Teaching Assistant (relevant for more senior students)
  • working with a faculty member to develop a course (even a mock course)

These should be viewed as suggestions; other avenues may be found.


The TBI2 program encourages - but does not require - industry internships. The students' advisor provides assistance in finding internships, and additional suggestions and connections are provided by the Steering Committee.  Typically, internships are conducted during the summer quarter.  Of course, students who choose not to intern at a company simply continue their program.

There are numerous internship opportunities at companies for Stanford students, and biomedical imaging students have done this quite regularly. The Stanford culture is supportive of student internships in industry. Internships are facilitated by the large number of imaging companies in the Bay Area that includes the presence of both large and small companies, and by the collaborative research projects between Stanford and a number of vendors.

Leadership and Networking

In order to facilitate networking opportunities for all of the biomedical imaging students at Stanford, Stanford School of Medicine supports an on-campus, student organized and led, yearly symposium in biomedical imaging, presented through CBIS. The community is large enough to fill-out a symposium, especially in order to facilitate interaction between researchers in differing modalities. The symposium is organized by a committee, takes place on campus, and includes oral presentations and posters from students and postdocs, plus a few invited speakers.

Stanford has a tradition of students organizing this kind of symposium, such as the popular BCATS symposium. It is an ideal leadership opportunity for the training grant students to take the initiative to organize the symposium. If needed, the faculty are, of course, available to help out.

In addition, every second year, we send the program director and all then-funded trainees to the NIBIB meeting. This is an opportunity to share the results of the training program with the NIH and for trainees to network and meet others in the field.