Biomedical Engineering and Applied Medical Technology Scholarly Concentration
In the Biomedical Engineering and Applied Medical Technology Scholarly Concentration, medical students develop their understanding and application of biomedical engineering for the ethical design, development and translation of medical and related technologies. Students have opportunities to understand and advance the design and translation of medical and related technologies into clinical settings through interactions with engineering teams actively translating medical technologies and well as through completion of a scholarly project. This concentration is in partnership with Purdue University’s Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering.
Students can participate in coursework and related monthly meeting either at the West Lafayette campus or virtually. Completion of the scholarly project with a faculty mentor in biomedical engineering can be done in West Lafayette or Indianapolis.
Curriculum and Timeline
Students completing this concentration will get an introduction to biomedical engineering design, development, deployment of medical and assistive technologies and their translation into clinical practice. Prior coursework or training in engineering is not necessary. Students begin with introductory learning online and in discussions with engineering faculty and students about the processes of medical technology development. Students are required to participate in summer research projects on actual medical technology development. They will join projects or develop their own with mentorship from engineering faculty. In the final phase, students will participate in start-up like practices as they learn how to build a business model, talk to customers and gain insight from experienced leaders in the field of medical devices/technologies. This is an experiential learning opportunity; students will be engaged by “getting out of the building” and interviewing potential end-users of medical technology to discover the value of their ideas as they finalize scholarly concentration products.
Students determine if a concentration pathway will fit in their schedule by contacting concentration co-directors.
*Introduction to Customer Discovery occurs in the first month of Phase 3.
Scholarly Project Topic Examples
Students work with faculty to complete a project in a relevant topic based on student interests. Students are welcome to come up with their own project idea. Potential project topics include, but are not limited to:
Ethical design and implementation of wearable sensors for opioid use.
Biomedical engineering of treatments for Parkinson’s disease
Clinical translation of a new biomedical diagnostic device for preeclampsia
Clinical translation of a new point-of-care diagnostic devices
Development of technologies specifically for pediatric clinical use.
Students should reach out to co-directors with any questions about this concentration.
Ray Munguia-Vazquez, MD, PhD
Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery
Craig Goergen, PhD, Andrew Brightman, PhD, and Ray Munguia-Vasquez, MD, PhD, share details on the Biomedical Engineering and Applied Medical Technology Scholarly Concentration, in which medical students develop their understanding and application of biomedical engineering for the ethical design, development and translation of medical and related technologies.