Medical Device Design – 2.75, 2.750, 6.4861, 6.4860, HST.552 – Spring 2024
Each year we bring together clinicians, industry partners and students, faculty and staff to prototype new healthcare technologies that address challenges brought to us by clinicians and industry partners. We work together in small teams, following a 14-week, industry-modelled, design process, from problem definition, through building proof-of-concepts and evaluating their performance.
Lectures cover the fundamentals of mechanical and electrical hardware, short lab serve as skills-builders and invited speakers share their technical, clinical and healthcare business experiences.
We work to select challenges that are engaging for both young professionals (our students) and the project proposers! Past projects have spanned a wide range of challenges including, surgical tools, a better torniquet, new monitoring technologies, physical therapy devices and simulators, for research use.
This course meets jointly and is open to graduate students, seniors and juniors (with permission) from across the Institute and fulfills undergraduates’ communications intensive requirement.
Since 2003, this course has become an effective mechanism for prototyping new healthcare technologies, fostering research ideas and collaborations, sharing outcomes via peer reviewed conference and journal papers, and launching alums’ careers in industry, startups, academia and medicine.
→ Do you want to propose a project? – Spring 2023 Project Solicitation – OPEN
Clinicians and Industry Sponsors are invited to propose projects for our Spring 2024 course.
Call for Proposals Details & Submission Link – Proposals are due December 29, 2023
Project selection is competitive and selected proposers will be invited to pitch to our students in February.
Thank you, in advance, for your submissions!
→ Is this a good course for me? – Information for Students – ASK US
Learn more on the Introduction & Information page.
For further information, please reach out to the course staff – we appreciate all your questions. When in doubt, ask!
We look forward to welcoming you in Spring 2024!
Thank You to our Sponsors
When Doctors Need New Medical Tools, These Students Are Up To the Challenge – March 2018
IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine
Seven Steps to Innovation – December 2013
Classroom to Clinic: Merging Education and Research to Efficiently Prototype Medical Devices – August 2013