Seeking clinicians with ideas for medical device design

July 26, 2019  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department is seeking clinical mentors to guide medical product design projects in the undergraduate and graduate BME design program. 

If you have ideas for projects (i.e. clinical problems that can be solved by BME student teams), you are encouraged to fill out the brief GoogleForm at this link.

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.

These 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. 

The level of clinician participation in the courses is flexible and is determined by your interest, availability and the structure of the course.

Brief descriptions of the courses follow:

BME 450 and 451/452 “Undergraduate 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 (Jan.-April).

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 the course is not seeking clinicians who already have a concrete idea of how to solve their problem, but rather clinicians are asked 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 (this course spans the academic year).

Clinical participants to date have generally found their experiences with the design courses to be very rewarding, and several have extended past the academic terms to continue product development. Clinician-guided student teams from the senior design course have been named as finalists in the Johns Hopkins University Healthcare Design Competition and student teams from the MS-level class have won the national BMEidea competition.

If you are interested in participating in the classes or want more information, please complete this short GoogleForm and you will be contacted to determine how your ideas fit best in the BME Design classes.