Program Curriculum2018-06-21T13:58:01+00:00

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.

2016-17 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 year students will use the Medical Accelerator for Devices Laboratory (MAD Lab) at the Innovation Center as a starting point for their capstone experience. The MAD Lab provides early concept validation and medical device development for selected projects submitted by the UIC medical community. The MAD Lab team is comprised of bioengineering and industrial design graduate students, medical students and MBA candidates.


IMED students will share their experiences during the IMED Showcase with a capstone project oral presentation.

Use this link for further details on the IMED course curriculum.