Innovation Medicine Program (IMED)

Program Curriculum


Lunch seminars on a variety of topics including research methods, case studies by physicians and engineering faculty with product development and biotech startup experience, entrepreneurial studies, and regulatory and intellectual property (IP) considerations.

IMED students will work in an Essentials of Clinical Medicine (ECM) small group with faculty facilitators with an interest in medical device technology for M1 and M2 years. This builds cohesion among IMED students and provides an ongoing opportunity for mentoring by faculty and more senior medical students.

Past Seminars

William Ennis, Section Chief, Wound Healing & Tissue Repair, UIC
Steve Gould, Executive Director, Chicago Innovation Mentors & Board of Directors, MATTER Chicago
John Manning, Emergency Medicine, Clinical Informatics Fellow, UIC
Craig Niederberger, Clarence C. Saelhof Professor and Head of Urology UIC
Peter Pfanner, Executive Director, UIC Innovation Center
Mark Rosenblatt, Professor and Head, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, UIC
Clinical Performance Center Tour

Summer before M2

The Clinical Immersion Program pairs participants with Bioengineering students to gain experience in the clinical environment. Students work with Bioengineering and Design Research faculty to learn a user-centered approach to identify clinical needs. These needs serve as the basis for initiating biomedical design solutions as they shadow medical personnel in a clinical environment. Participants will develop their interpersonal communication skills in an interdisciplinary group, gain a deeper understanding of the environment in which medical devices are used, and observe therapeutic treatment. These opportunities help students to more effectively assess opportunities, requirements and constraints inherent in design firsthand as they identify the clinical user needs that drive a design problem.


IMED students participate in Interdisciplinary Medical Product Developmentcourse. This course currently consists of teams comprised of bioengineering, industrial design, graphic design and marketing students who work on projects sponsored by corporate or internal clinical partners. Students have an opportunity to experience the full development process from needs finding to prototyping.


M3/M4 students join in teams of 3 to 4 students to identify a real-world problem encountered during clinical rotations that begin the third year of medical school. Students use the processes learned during the M1/M2 years to identify impactful problems in the clinical environment, develop solutions, and prototype and test their ideas. In the Spring of the M4 year, student teams present their capstone projects.


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