Classroom to Clinic: Merging Education and Research to Efficiently Prototype Medical Devices
Hanumara, Nevan C.
Begg, Nikolai D.
Osborn, Lynn R.
Slocum, Alexander H.
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CitationHanumara, Nevan C., Nikolai D. Begg, Conor Walsh, David Custer, Rajiv Gupta, Lynn R. Osborn, and Alexander H. Slocum. 2013. “Classroom to Clinic: Merging Education and Research to Efficiently Prototype Medical Devices.” IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine 1 (1): 4700107. doi:10.1109/JTEHM.2013.2271897. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JTEHM.2013.2271897.
AbstractInnovation in patient care requires both clinical and technical skills, and this paper presents the methods and outcomes of a nine-year, clinical-academic collaboration to develop and evaluate new medical device technologies, while teaching mechanical engineering. Together, over the course of a single semester, seniors, graduate students, and clinicians conceive, design, build, and test proof-of-concept prototypes. Projects initiated in the course have generated intellectual property and peer-reviewed publications, stimulated further research, furthered student and clinician careers, and resulted in technology licenses and start-up ventures.
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