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Clinical Immersion and Team-Based Design: Into a Third Year

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Clinical, Patient, and Innovation Experiences in BME

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Jennifer Kadlowec Rowan University

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Jennifer Kadlowec is Professor and Department Head of Mechanical Engineering in the Henry M. Rowan of College of Engineering, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ. She has been an active member of ASEE since 1998. She joined as a graduate student, after working on an engineering education project and presenting that work and student chapter activities at annual conference. As a faculty member, she regularly publishes and presents at the ASEE Annual Conference. Her interests are in design education and assessment in mechanical and biomedical engineering. She previously served ASEE in leadership roles in the ERM and Mechanics Divisions and as a PIC-III Chair.

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Tom Merrill Rowan University

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Dr. Tom Merrill's research interests include energy systems, biotransport modeling, and medical devices. Prior to Rowan University, Dr. Merrill worked for thirteen years at a number of places including United Technologies Carrier, Abiomed, Wyeth Research, MicroDose Technologies, and at a medical device start-up company called FocalCool. He received his degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State (Ph.D.), the University of Michigan (M.S.), and Bucknell University (B.S.). He currently teaches thermodynamics, heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and biofluids.

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Sameer Sood Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

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Sameer's goal is to become an inside navigator of the healthcare system so he can eventually affect change and promote progress with his perspectives as a practicing physician. His desire to find root cause, sustainable fixes versus a reliance on “band aids” has led him to the primary care side of medicine and innovation.

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Jane Greene Ryan

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Anilchandra Attaluri Department of Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University-Harrisburg

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Robert Alan Hirsh Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

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Innovations are needed in the healthcare system to enhance patient care and health, while reducing costs. Educating quality bioengineers trained to identify and solve healthcare problems will prepare them to develop solutions. Improving team-based design experiences driven by new projects drawn from unmet clinical needs is a strategy to train engineers while simultaneously addressing healthcare problems. Practical aspects of eventual commercialization and healthcare intricacies are also a necessary part of student training to meet health, medical device, and patient needs while also controlling costs.

Thus, to improve student learning and design capabilities, a training process occurred through a program funded by the National Institute of Health and supplemented with VentureWell funds, of which a third year is completed. A summer experience was developed for Summer Scholars that consisted of an overview of the Stanford Biodesign Process, physiology basics, clinical immersion, informatics, intellectual property basics, regulatory basics, business perspectives, and development of best practices. Deliverables included need statements, specifications, and projects development plans. The process is then to carryout capstone projects to be designed and developed, which were discovered through the needs finding and needs specification process during the summer.

This paper will provide an overview of the summer experience; survey data and feedback from Summer Scholars; the evolution of the summer experience based on feedback from the Summer Scholars and instructors; discussion of needs, needs statements and capstone projects as outcomes of the summer experience and next steps.

Kadlowec, J., & Merrill, T., & Sood, S., & Greene Ryan, J., & Attaluri, A., & Hirsh, R. A. (2017, June), Clinical Immersion and Team-Based Design: Into a Third Year Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28040

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