Cultivating Engineers in Medicine: Interdisciplinary Engaged Learning for Biomedical Innovation

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    Description

    A few institutes have developed pioneering biomedical innovation courses in which students collaborate with healthcare professionals for medical solutions; however, coupling the synergistic linkages across these domains is scant at institutions of higher education. The funded project is among the first in the US to attempt to have STEM undergraduate students team up with medical students, mentored by a cross-institutional team of faculty and industry experts in an interdisciplinary environment for multi-skill development. The goal of this project is to develop an interdisciplinary project-based team-learning framework for biomedical innovation in undergraduate education. The project works to fulfill this goal through the (1) student competency improvement, (2) faculty development training, and (3) regional integration into the entrepreneurial eco-system. The specific focus of the PI will be monitoring and evaluating student and faculty development. The PI will oversee the training and education of teachers to competently facilitate and implement team-based and problem-based learning strategies for classroom instruction. The PI will facilitate approximately six one-hour training sessions—between 1 September 2020 to 25 April 2021—for instructional facilitators and be available for consultations throughout the academic semester to touch-base about execution of pedagogy. Additionally, the PI will devise and execute quantitative and qualitative assessment methods to track and evaluate students and faculty, as well as industry feedback. The PI will prepare (1 June to 31 July 2021) and distribute surveys to participants during the academic semester (May 2022, 2023). The data collected will be analyzed, interpreted, and shared with the research team during summer months prior to 1 August 2022 and 2023. Timeline for deliverables: Year 1 • 2020 September: Introduction to Team-Based Learning • 2020 October: Effective Use of Teams • 2020 November: Readiness Assurance Process • 2020 February: Infusion of Accountability Measures • 2021 March: TBL Application Activities • 2021 April: Merging TBL Application Activities with PBL • 2021 June – July: Survey Development and Distribution Readiness Year 2 • 2021 September – November: TBL / PBL Instructional Consultations • 2021 December: Survey Distribution to Participants • 2022 January – April: TBL / PBL Instructional Consultations • 2022 May: Survey Distribution to Participants • 2022 June – July: Data Analysis and Report Development Year 3 • 2022 September – November: TBL / PBL Instructional Consultations • 2022 December: Survey Distribution to Participants • 2023 January – April: TBL / PBL Instructional Consultations • 2023 May: Survey Distribution to Participants • 2023 June – July: Data Analysis and Report Development
    StatusActive
    Effective start/end date7/1/206/30/23

    Funding

    • Texas Technical University: $62,116.00

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