In summer 2018, the School of Biomedical Engineering began offering a seven week full-time summer clinical immersion program at University of Colorado Health Medical Center of the Rockies, in Loveland.

The program is sponsored by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health, providing a stipend for up to seven students while participating in the program. Up to nine additional students are be eligible to participate each summer as volunteers.

The clinical immersion program is comprised of rotations through specific specialty areas that rely on medical devices and biomedical technology, such as:

• Anesthesia
• Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
• Orthopedic Surgery
• Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery
• Interventional Radiology
• Neurosurgery
• Intensive Care Unit
• Bioengineering

Because it is not possible for students to participate in emergent events such as trauma activations and emergency obstetric cases, students also visit the University of Colorado Health Clinical Education and Innovation Center, where they participate in clinical simulation for these high level emergency situations.

These clinical experiences will help BME students understand the environment and constraints that must be considered for successful design of medical devices. Furthermore, with clinicians being one of the major users of devices developed by biomedical engineers, it is valuable for biomedical engineers to spend time interacting with clinicians and learning the language of the clinical environment. At the culmination of the clinical immersion experience, students participate in a discussion with clinical providers to discuss perceived gaps, potential future directions of medical devices, and unmet needs. As a result of these interactions, students and clinicians co-develop ideas that can be incorporated into senior capstone design projects for the upcoming academic year.

If you have questions about the program, please contact ellen.brennan-pierce@colostate.edu.

The Clinical Immersion Program is supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health under award number 1R25EB025791-01.

Program Directors



Instructor and Research Scientist
Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

Medical Director of Trauma Research
UCHealth North Medical Center of the Rockies
Chair, Colorado Committee on Trauma