Innovation Medicine Program (IMED)

Program Curriculum


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.

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.


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.

Past Seminars

Michelle Bolos, Associate at Law, Marshall Gerstein
Guy Edelman, MD, Associate Professor, Anesthesiology
William Ennis, Professor of Clinical Surgery, UIC Chief Section of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair
Patricia Finn, Professor and Head, UIC Department of Medicine
Chad Glazer, MD, Glazer Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery, Angels Investments
Steve Gould, MD, Executive Director, Chicago Innovation Mentors & Board of Directors, MATTER Chicago
Julianne Hartzell, Partner and Chair of Medical Devices, Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP
Jay Joshi, MD Angels
John Manning, Emergency Medicine, Clinical Informatics Fellow, UIC
Ankit Mehta, MD, Neurosurgery
Craig Niederberger, MD, Clarence C. Saelhof Professor and Head of Urology UIC
Hokuto Nishioka, MD, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology
Peter Pfanner, Research Professor, Executive Director, UIC Innovation Center
Aparna Ramanathan, MD, MPH, FACOG, Assistant Professor, UIC Obstetrics & Gynecology
Mark Rosenblatt, MD, PhD, MBA, Professor and Head, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, UIC
Ryan Schermerhorn, Partner, Marshall Gerstein
Eric Swirsky, Clinical Associate Professor, UIC Biomedical and Health Information Sciences
Erik Wissner, MD, PhD, FACC, FHRS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director of Cardiac Electrophysiology
Jeremy Young, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Telemedicine
Clinical Performance Center Tour


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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