San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
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International Biomedical Engineering Education through collaborative Student Service-learning experiencesIn 2009, two students from University’s School of Biomedical Engineering, Science andHealth Systems (BIOMED) initiated the weServe Program (weServe).weServe’s mission is to provide students with hands-on experiences to utilize biomedicalengineering in underrepresented and underserved communities. Since then, student participationin the program has increased and weServe dedicates its efforts to both local and globalinitiatives, and creates partnerships to develop lifesaving and life enhancing solutions throughinnovative service. With a focus on experiential learning, students are given the opportunity toimmerse in communities, learn to identify their needs, and apply their academic educationaltraining in real-world scenarios. On a global scale, the program is expanding and has developedworking relationships with hospitals in The Gambia and Mozambique. The progress and efficacyof service projects that students participated in The Gambia and Mozambique will be analyzed.Additionally, the impact in gaps of service visits, due to academic schedules and lack of financialresources will be discussed. The status of biomedical engineering in The Gambia andMozambique will be referenced, and ethical issues that relate to service in developing countrieswill be addressed.weServe aims to bridge the gap that exists between the developing world and others by providingservice, time and donated educational material. Future work will involve advancing towardscloud-based services with University Libraries. This partnership will help impart information-gathering research skills to students through face to face and virtual consultations, onlinetutorials, instructional sessions, and providing research help as needed. This will allow anincrease in accessibility of educational resources in healthcare, hospitals, and engineeringinstrumentation in addition to usual biomedical engineering related work by students andhospital staff alike. In turn it will decrease discontinuity between on-site visits, allowing the hosthospitals to keep up with current trends in education and narrow the disparity between thedeveloping and developed countries. The weServe international engineering service learningprogram has presented immense opportunities for students to develop international researchpartnerships as well as projects in biomedical engineering that can be translated to low incomeand low resource communities.
Bhatt, J. J., & Dimiskovski, M., & Lin, V., & Brahmbhatt, P. C., & Karsan, S., & Karkenny, A. J. (2012, June), International Biomedical Engineering Education through Collaborative Student Service-learning Experiences Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21590
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