June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
Engineering and Public Policy
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“And Now for Something Completely Different” – A Faculty Sabbatical in Public PolicyThe title phrase, coined and made popular by Monty Python, uniquely describes the transitionfrom engineering educator to public policy participant for a biomedical engineering facultymember partaking in a one-semester public policy sabbatical at an honorific and advocacyorganization in Washington, DC. This paper will describe experiences that included attendanceat a three day Public Policy Institute, coordinated by the host organization, that introducedparticipants to the public policy arena through presentations by government officials, leaders ofnonprofit advocacy groups, industrial governmental affairs officials, and media experts;attendance at congressional briefings related to federal funding of basic research andparticipation in STEM by women; and participation in the strategic planning process for theNational Institute for General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health. Inaddition, the paper will describe curricular changes, both implemented and planned, integratingpublic policy topics into the undergraduate biomedical engineering program at the facultymember’s home institution. For example, while most biomedical engineering programs includediscussion of policies and procedures related to the review of the safety and efficacy of medicaldevices by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in their senior project or other courses,little time is generally devoted to other important policy issues such as the role of the Centers forMedicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in approving reimbursement for new medicaltechnologies, an additional step beyond FDA clearance necessary for the widespread adoption ofthese technologies. An in-depth discussion of the CMS scientific review process will now beincluded in the second semester of the year-long senior project course. Finally, the paper willinclude a discussion of the opportunities afforded by and challenges faced during a five-monthrelocation to the nation’s capital.
Cezeaux, J. L. (2015, June), “And Now for Something Completely Different” – A Faculty Sabbatical in Public Policy Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23345
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