Addressing biomedical problems through interdisciplinary learning: A feasibility study

Cantillon-Murphy, P. and McSweeney, J. and Burgoyne, L. and O'Tuathaigh, C. and O'Flynn, S. (2015) Addressing biomedical problems through interdisciplinary learning: A feasibility study. pp. 282-291. ISSN 0949149X (ISSN)

Full text not available from this resource.
Official URL: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0...

Abstract

Interdisciplinary learning is often limited to student groups which already have significant overlap in either their curricular content or whose day-to-day duties entail regular interactions. This is not generally the case for engineers and clinicians, and almost never the case for students of engineering and medicine. In this feasibility study, interdisciplinary learning outcomes were assessed in six teams comprising undergraduate engineering and medical students at a major Irish university. Three key factors differentiated the current study from complimentary approaches; (i) the module places undergraduate medical and engineering students in interdisciplinary teams, (ii) students are educated in a systematic methodology (TRIZ) of design and innovation, which is then applied to a clinical challenge and (iii) the present study places student learning outcomes as the primary mission of the module, rather than the project deliverables. Feedback from both students and clinical mentors was assessed using focus groups and individual interviews. The learning outcomes were convincingly imparted as evidenced by feedback, which was overwhelmingly positive from both students and clinicians. As an added benefit, the tangible outputs (e.g., prototype or software tool) from each of the 6 teams represented a worthy proof-of-concept, in some cases suitable for future research or commercial exploitation. This initial feasibility study highlights the potential benefits of a new structured methodology in to solving clinical problems in the context of interdisciplinary learning.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Export Date: 23 February 2015; References: King, P.H., Fries, R.C., (2002) Design of Biomedical Devices and Systems, , Marcel Dekker Press, New York; Hanumara, N., Walsh, C.J., Osborn, L., Slocum, A., Solving medical challenges while teaching mechanical engineering design (2008) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, , unpublished; Brightand, A., Philips, J.R., The harvey mudd engineering clinic: Past (1999) Present and Future, Journal of Engineering Education, 88, pp. 189-194; Dym, C.L., Little, P., Orwin, E.J., Sput, R.E., (2008) Engineering Design: A Project-Based Introduction, , John Wiley and Sons, New York; Zenios, S., Makower, J., Yock, P.P., (2010) Biodesign, , Cambridge University Press, New York; New Product Design and Business Development, , http://www.npdbd.umn.edu, University of Minnesota Accessed 3 July 2014; The Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design, , http://eng.jhu.edu/wse/cbid/page/projects, Johns Hopkins University, Accessed 3 July 2014; (2014) Postgraduate Programme in Biomedical Engineering, , http://www.mech.kuleuven.be/en/bme/education/PostgraduateProgramme, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Accessed 3 July; Ternirnko, J., Zusman, A., Zlotin, B., (1998) Systematic Innovation-An Introduction to TRIZ, , CRC Press, New York; Altshuller, G., And suddenly the inventor appears (1996) Technical Innovation Center, , Inc. ,Worchester, USA; Strauss, A., Corbin, J.M., (1997) Grounded Theory in Practice, , Sage Publishing Press, Thousand Oaks, USA; Cudd, T.A., Wasser, J.S., Biomedical device design discovery team approach to teaching physiology to undergraduate bioengineering students (1999) American Journal of Physiology, 277, pp. S29-41; King, P., Fries, R., Designing biomedical engineering design courses (2003) International Journal of Engineering Education, 19, pp. 346-353; Dáz Lantada, A., Muñoz-Garcá, J., Lafont, P., Muñoz Sanz, J.L., Munoz-Guijosa, J.M., Echavarri, J., Lorenzo, H., The beginnings of a subject on the 'development of medical devices' within the 'european higher education area' framework (2009) Proceedings of the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, , September 7-12, Munich, Germany, 2009; Krishnan, S., Project-based learning with international collaboration for training biomedical engineers (2011) Proceedings of the 2011 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), , Aug. 30-Sept. 3, Boston, Massachusetts, 2011; Burgoyne, L.N., O'flynn, S., Boylan, G.B., Undergraduate medical research: The student perspective (2010) Medical Education Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biomedical design; Interdisciplinary learning; Medical education; Theory of inventive problem solving; TIPS; TRIZ; Education; Engineering education; Planning; Problem solving; Software prototyping; Commercial exploitation; Interdisciplinary teams; Student learning outcomes; Undergraduate engineering; Students
Depositing User: Colin Lowry
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2015 02:35
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/1929

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year