June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
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Engineers in Hospital: An Immersive and Multidisciplinary Pedagogical Approach for Better SolutionsAbstract:The country’s first Engineering in Medicine (EIM) program, jointly taught by medicalprofessionals and engineering educators, has recently been launched by The Faculty ofEngineering (FoE) and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at a local hospital.This is an initiative by the collaborating parties to bridge the gap between the major fields ofmedicine and engineering by providing engineering students from different engineeringdisciplines a deeper understanding of medicine, via immersive training in hospitals and first-hand interactions with patients and their doctors and therapists. Close contact with the patientswill allow the students to understand the needs of the patients better. Direct interaction withdoctors and therapists will allow the students to appreciate the medical complexity and developbetter engineering solutions. At the same time, the medical professionals will be able share theirneeds in greater detail.An anticipated outcome of the EIM program is that the co-creation of engineering solutions byengineering students and medical professionals will produce effective engineering solutions tohelp patients and their care-givers in the rehabilitation process and beyond.This program enables engineering students to formulate the problems through the user-centricdesign approach. The students enter the hospital to observe and identify unmet medical needs.For that purpose, observation and interviewing techniques are taught before the students begintheir immersion in the hospital, which are constantly reinforced throughout their immersion inthe hospital. By having direct contact with the patients and their care-givers, it is expected thatstudents will have more ownership of their projects and have higher motivation to strive forbetter solutions for the users.This paper will describe the progress of this program, some outcomes in the form of earlyconcepts and prototypes produced by multidisciplinary student groups, and feedback from theusers.
Soh, E. K., & Kaur, A., & Tham, M. P., & Chong, D. Y. (2013, June), Engineers in Hospital: An Immersive and Multidisciplinary Pedagogical Approach for Better Solutions Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19541
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