Full-time, 7-week summer program
This program can provide you with experiences that will help you understand the environment and constraints that must be considered for successful design of medical devices. The clinical immersion program is comprised of rotations through specific specialty areas that rely on medical devices and biomedical technology, such as:
• Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
• Orthopedic Surgery
• Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery
• Interventional Radiology
• Intensive Care Unit
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.