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WIP: Direct Incorporation of Research Articles into Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Courses to Contextualize Complex Topics

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Teaching Interventions in Biomedical Engineering (Works in Progress) - June 22nd

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Mark A. Chapman University of San Diego Orcid 16x16

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Mark Chapman is an assistant professor at the University of San Diego in the Department of Integrated Engineering. His interests lie in the fields of skeletal muscle mechanics, muscle disease, exercise physiology, international education and engineering education. He earned his MS and PhD in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego and a B.S. in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

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G. Bryan Cornwall University of San Diego Orcid 16x16

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G. Bryan Cornwall, PhD, MBA, PEng is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of San Diego (USD) Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering. Dr. Cornwall’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Applied Science in mechanical engineering, a Master of Applied Science in metallurgical engineering & material science, and a PhD in mechanical engineering, specializing in Orthopaedic Biomechanics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He is registered as a Professional Engineer.

Dr. Cornwall spent twenty years in the medical device industry with fourteen years as an executive in publicly traded companies. He has also completed a MBA at the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego and was named a Rady fellow. He has published over 24 peer-reviewed publications, eight book chapters, and 24 US patents.

Dr. Cornwall’s academic interests include: biomechanics, biomaterials, mechanical design, entrepreneurship, and innovation in medical devices and music. He has an active and long-standing interest in not-for-profit volunteering and service. Bryan is also an active runner completing more than 20 marathons around the world. He is a member of the “7 Continent Club” completing marathons on 7 of 7 continents including Comrades (the Ultimate Human Race) in South Africa.

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This work-in-progress paper presents our introduction of a journal club activity directly into undergraduate biomedical engineering (BME) courses. This activity is aimed at contextualizing complex topics in BME through peer-reviewed articles. Our journal club activity is composed of a written assignment focused on summarizing and evaluating the assigned article and an in-class discussion of the article. In this paper, we present how we structured the written assignment and classroom discussion. Additionally, a skill that we aimed to develop in our students with this assignment was their ability to critically evaluate journal articles. As such, we examined student critical thinking skills through an analysis of written assignments. Although we found that students valued this activity, we found that students did not develop their abilities to critically evaluate scientific articles. Future work is needed to develop structured feedback that can assist in developing these critical analysis skills.

Chapman, M. A., & Cornwall, G. B. (2020, June), WIP: Direct Incorporation of Research Articles into Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Courses to Contextualize Complex Topics Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35534

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