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Electives - Business in Medicine, Innovation and Quality Improvement

Innovation and Design in Medicine

formerly called: Translational Research in Medical Devices and Clinical Testing

Elective Number: 3411 (Arranged)

Rotation Supervisor: David Chen & Dr. Eric Hewlett

Duration: Maximum 2 weeks, Minimum 2 weeks

Available: Rotation 13a

Report to: David Chen

Time to Report: 8:00 am

Place to Report: BME Office MR5 second floor

Typical Day: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (+ Independent Research)

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of Students Per Rotation: Minimum 1; Maximum 8

Course Description: This elective immerses students in Innovation and Design activities through Translational Research. Translational research is the practical application of basic science and engineering endeavors into the development of new medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and other real-world solutions that will enhance patient care. Students will develop two projects:

  • A personal health project where students will practice interviewing and developing their design skills with a peer
  • A disease specific project with a patient or patient family

The process is very hands-on and the course will feature speakers from architecture, corporate development, engineers, and entrepreneurs. ?Learning objective include – taking an idea into invention from the concept stage through iteration of design and prototyping.

Learning Objectives: The student will be able to:

1. Understand the human centered design process as it applies to clinical and translational research
2. Develop a proposal for a clinical problem or project of their choosing
3. Take the proposal into invention from the concept stage through iteration of design and prototyping
Course outline: The course will take place over two weeks and include lectures, clinic time, and design sessions with instructors.

The following is a sample syllabus:
Week 1

Day 1 and 2 Develop problem statements and understanding the design process. Brainstorming and group work.
Day 3 and 4 Lectures on clinical workflow and operations. Conduct end-user interviews.
Day 5 Presentations on problem statements and customer acquisition

Week 2
Day 6 and 7 Tools for prototyping and reducing complex clinical problems. Developing physical models and prototypes
Day 8 Commercial pathways, Intellectual Property
Day 9 Regulatory and reimbursement
Day 10 Final presentation

Example of schedule:
9:00am-11:30am Workshops and case discussion
12:00pm-4:00pm Concept development, independent research, interviews



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