How does the program work?
Due to the time constraints of the medical school curriculum, we have worked out a flexible program to accommodate your busy schedule.
First, you connect with Margarita expressing your interest in the program and depending on your availability and the number of BME projects available will be connected via email to a BME student or team working on a topic of your interest. Once you project or topic match, you will provide your medical expertise to advise BME students on projects and ideas based on your schedule.
What is the time commitment and what are the expectations?
BME projects vary in length (1 or 2 semesters) but at a minimum, we ask medical students to commit ~7 hours over 7-8 weeks per semester. You can pick up as many open projects as you so desire!
During your time as a consultant you can expect to: provide your medical expertise, draw out hospital room layouts, explain the use of space in settings and workflow systems, and potentially help BME’s find the right connections to individuals (other physicians, researchers, hospital administrators) who could help them pivot their idea or device. Help them understand how current diagnostics and therapeutics are being used (or lack thereof) to better understand the challenges when making new innovations.
Also note, that in certain cases BME student/teams may need to be taken to the environment where devices would be implemented. Therefore you may be asked to explain/teach or walk students through various clinical environments or show them how current methods of biomed-devices are used using the U-M Sim. Center. *Note that the BME students are aware of the expectations and manners when observing in clinical settings.
How will this program enrich your I&E experiences and medical career?
Partake in projects involved in various medical topics (ie. Sports medicine, urology, cardiology, radiology, oncology, etc…) that interest you and that could potentially lead to you finding a new project that could be used as your capstone.
While advising a project or topic, you could perform due diligence analysis and determine the marketability and if you would like to continue working on this potential idea in the long run.
By providing your medical expertise to advise BME students on projects, these experiences could be translated to your C.V. and help you explore career possibilities like consulting or working with start-ups/companies on growing healthcare innovations.