Seeking clinicians with ideas for medical device design

August 7, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The Biomedical Engineering Department (BME) is recruiting clinicians who might be interested in participating in a project-based design course during the 2018-2019 academic year.

The classes include “Senior Capstone Design” (one- and two-semester classes) for undergraduate students as well as “Graduate Innovative Design in Biomedical Engineering,” a two-semester class for MS-level students.

All classes cover concept-to-product experiences for students who want to pursue careers in the medical device industry or medicine.

The problems that student teams work on come directly from practicing clinicians, who typically act as mentors or clients as the products are developed.  Clinician participation in the courses is largely determined by level of involvement and level of problem definition, since the course structures differ.

BME 450 and 451/452 “Senior Capstone Design”

Clinicians with a clinical problem that can be solved by the development of a novel device are recruited to serve as clients. The problem should be well-defined, but open-ended enough for students to innovate their own solutions. Student teams collaborate with their client to design, build and test a prototype(s). Project ideas should focus on hardware, not software design.

Clinician clients are expected to be involved throughout the course, meeting with and supporting student teams regularly. BME 451/2 is a year-long course (Sept-April) where teams complete at least a couple of prototype iterations. A one semester, compressed version of the capstone design course, BME 450, is offered during the winter.

BME 599.002/4: Graduate Innovative Design in Biomedical Engineering

Clinician participants typically present during a class session in early fall and describe their clinical work and problems they face. Note that BME is not looking for clinicians who already have a concrete idea of how to solve their problem, but rather clinicians to present problems and then allow students to come up with a range of possible solutions. Clinical participants are also encouraged to continue to interact with student teams as the project/products develop over the fall and winter terms. Clinician involvement is very flexible and depends on their interest in helping to develop the product and their availability.

BME’s clinical participants to date have generally found their experiences with the design courses to be very rewarding. One of the clinician-guided student teams from last year’s MS-level class placed first in the national BMEidea competition (see this link about Team UroSuction Scope).

Anyone who is interested in participating in the classes or wants more information can complete this short GoogleForm. If you have questions, please contact Karen Gates in the Biomedical Engineering Department, who will collect the information and share it with BME instructional faculty to determine the best fit for the projects.