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Interdisciplinary Medical Product Development Senior Capstone DesignInterdisciplinary Medical Product Development (IMPD) is a two-semester capstone seniordesign course involving students and faculty from multiple disciplines — Bioengineering,Industrial Design, Marketing, Graphic Design, and Medicine. IMPD focuses on applying a user-centered approach to the design of medical devices for the health care sector, and has thefollowing (selected) course learning outcomes: be able to effectively work on interdisciplinaryteams and better understand how other disciplines work and think, develop processes andframework to progress from abstract, high-level problem statements to specific, concrete designprototypes, and learn to effectively communicate to client-partners through oral presentationsand written documentation.While team-based product design is part of the curriculum, formal and sustained interaction withend users to inform the design process is an integral of the Interdisciplinary ProductDevelopment capstone courses. The department of Bioengineering is jointly within both theCollege of Engineering and the College of Medicine, which facilitates student exposure to a widevariety of clinical environments with medical faculty engagement. The course is sponsored byan industry partner, who, in conjunction with faculty, provides problem statements that are ofstrategic business interest. For this reason, all students participate under a Non-DisclosureAgreement. The first semester focuses on early front-end development, including framing theproblem, human-centered design research methods in a clinical environment, and ideation. Thesecond semester focuses on development of design criteria, concept refinement, receivingevaluative feedback from the various stakeholders (clinicians, client, end-users), and prototyping.The IMPD course challenges students to understand the “fuzzy front end” of design, verify theyare developing solutions that will satisfy an unmet need, and experience the iterative nature ofengineering design. This opportunity to work on a “real-world” problem in an interdisciplinaryteam presents challenges that include both logistic and pedagogical. In the third year offeringthis alternative to the more traditional bioengineering senior design course, there have beennumerous enhancements to the process, including an NIH-funded Clinical Immersion summerprogram to provide bioengineering students an opportunity to better understand clinical needsand inclusion of medical students on teams to improve clinical feedback throughout thedevelopment process. This paper discusses the course structure, evolution, and rationale for thecourse.
Kotche, M., & Tharp, S. (2015, June), Interdisciplinary Medical Product Development Senior Capstone Design Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24350
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