Advancing medical technologies depends on a biomedical engineering workforce capable of identifying unmet clinical needs and working in teams to develop design solutions. The new INdiana Summer Clinical Residency in Innovation for Biomedical Engineers, or (IN)SCRIBE Program, at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, aims to prepare undergraduate biomedical engineering students to realize where and how medical device translation occurs.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the (IN)SCRIBE Program includes intensive design training and immersive experiences in local hospitals, as it aims to prepare biomedical engineering students for clinically-relevant, team-based design. Clinics in urban environments present unique health care issues, and the (IN)SCRIBE Program challenges students to engage in engineering design in this context, with socioeconomic considerations in mind. (IN)SCRIBE Program Directors Dr. Sharon Miller and Dr. Steven Higbee, with the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, aim to train students in biomedical design and to connect students with clinicians, researchers, and industry professionals to better engineer solutions that take socioeconomic disparities into account.
The (IN)SCRIBE Program, is a paid seven-week clinical immersion and team-based design internship for biomedical engineering students. Participants in the program, or (IN)SCRIBE Scholars, are BME undergraduate students at IUPUI who have applied for the Program and are selected to participate. The (IN)SCRIBE Scholars engage in design training, meaningful clinical immersion, and team-based design, with ultimate goals of identifying unmet urban healthcare needs and confronting Indiana’s healthcare challenges.
“We are excited about this program and are hoping to determine how the (IN)SCRIBE Program affects undergraduate BME students”, said Miller. “We aim to learn how student teams consider socioeconomic factors in design solutions and document how student teams pursue design to meet urban health needs beyond the Program.”
The proximity of the urban IUPUI campus to hospitals that serve diverse patient populations presents an opportunity for a community-engaged experience that will build student cultural and social competencies in tandem with integrative engineering skills.
“In phase three of the Program, we spent five weeks in the Indianapolis hospital system where we shadowed physicians, clinicians, and surgeons across all different medical specialties.”, stated Ashtin Wilson, Biomedical Engineering major and (IN)SCRIBE Scholar. “We were able to visit University Hospital, Riley Children’s Hospital, Eskenazi Health, and IU Health Methodist Hospital to observe user needs from both a patient and a physician’s perspective. That’s where we were able to integrate their needs into biomedical design to see how biomedical engineers can help improve our society and our healthcare system.”
The program consists of four phases that include pre-program training, a one-week innovation camp, five one-week clinical immersion rotations, and a final week spent on needs development & team-based design.
“The (IN)SCRIBE Program contributes to the training of biomedical engineers who are not only technically capable, but who bring awareness of health care delivery and socioeconomic factors to engineering design,” states Higbee.
For more information on the (IN)SCRIBE Program and how to apply, please visit https://bmeed.iupui.edu/inscribe.html.
For more information about Biomedical Engineering at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology, IUPUI visit bme.et.iupui.edu.
Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25EB031389. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.