The Carle Illinois College of Medicine created an innovative model for medical education that integrates engineering principles into an active learning curriculum. First-year students were introduced to a medical device in an engaging product innovation and technology session. The goals were to discuss the physiology of oxygen saturation and demonstrate the ability to use observation and research to develop a new product idea. Students hypothetically competed with others to raise money from investors to pursue an efficient medical device and attend the users’ needs. Student’s feedback reflected a positive impact on their understanding of oximetry measurements and product innovation.
- Medical education