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IMED Curriculum

Program Curriculum

First Year

IMED students participate in a two semester MedTech Innovation course. Students have an opportunity to experience the full development process from needs finding to prototyping.

Summer before Second Year

The Clinical Immersion Program pairs participants with Biomedical Engineering students to gain experience in the clinical environment. Students work with BME and Medical 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.

Second Year

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.

  • 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

Third/ Fourth Year

Third and Fourth 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.