June 24, 2017
June 24, 2017
June 28, 2017
Placing a large number of students in a clinical immersion experience can be challenging. To address this problem, we have developed three courses that “bring the clinic to the classroom.” These courses are taught by clinicians who describe the medical needs in their specific medical fields and then give students the opportunity to create biomedical solutions to meet these needs. These courses also include field trips to hospitals and clinics to supplement the lectures.
1. Surgery for Engineers: This course is a survey of the intersection between surgery and engineering. Students will be introduced to surgeons representing a variety of surgical specialties (plastic surgery, surgical oncology, transplantation surgery, military surgery, trauma surgery, oral maxillofacial surgery, bariatric surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiac and thoracic surgery, neurosurgery and others). The final project will be to select and deconstruct an unsolved surgical problem and to then suggest a potential solution involving engineering principles.
2. Precision Medicine for Engineers: This course explores the opportunities for engineers in precision medicine of complex medical disorders. Students will interact with clinical practitioners and investigate the technological challenges that face these practitioners. The course will focus on common complex conditions and diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), pancreatitis, diabetes mellitus and obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, pain syndrome and pharmacogenetics.
3. Engineering in Medicine: This course teaches students about acute care medicine and to encourage innovation that will help patients. The class will include familiarization with medical jargon and the fundamentals of acute illness. The student will get a glimpse of the inner workings of Intensive Care Units (ICU) based on over 30 years of the instructor’s experiences in ICU. Classes will present a body system, with aspects of its structure and normal function. Typical modes of failure i.e. disease, will be described and illustrated with examples using actual de-identified cases.
Course evaluations for Surgery for Engineers and Engineering in Medicine from previous offerings demonstrate the effectiveness of these courses. A course evaluation for Precision Medicine for Engineers will be completed after the initial offering of the course in Fall 2016.
Zapanta, C. M., & Edington, H. D., & Empey, P. E., & Whitcomb, D. C., & Rosenbloom, A. J. (2017, June), Board # 18 :Clinical Immersion in a Classroom Setting (Work in Progress) Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27799
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