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A summer Clinical Immersion program for bioengineering students is expanded to include medical students to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration. Participants spend three weeks in two different clinical departments. In addition to 30 hours of weekly clinical exposure, the students participate in weekly workshop instruction emphasizing user-centered design, empathy, observation and interviewing, and contextual inquiry. Each student individually maintains a blog journal to encourage reflection and share their observations with other students. After each rotation, teams present problem statements based on insights from their primary research. Bioengineering students and the participating medical students (who are part of the College of Medicine’s Innovation Medicine program) better understand the complexity of problems observed and the current demand for medical devices to both address clinical needs as well as contribute to the overall decrease in the cost of accountable care. Expansion of the Clinical Immersion Program to include second year medical students reinforced the value of interdisciplinary collaboration in identifying opportunities, but also created challenges. This paper reports on the evolution of the Clinical Immersion Program in its third year, including program components, self-reported survey data, implementation challenges, and future improvements.
Stirling, S., & Kotche, M. (2017, June), Clinical Immersion Program for Bioengineering and Medical Students Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28041
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