BioImmersion is a ten-week program offered to bioengineering and design undergraduate students each summer. Small teams of four to six combine students from the two fields of study and immersed in the clinical environment. The teams observe patient consultations, diagnostic procedures, treatment planning, and surgical procedures. The students work together to understand and solve problems they see in the clinic and develop unique solutions to the difficulties facing physicians and patients today.
BioImmersion is open to ten bioengineering and design undergraduates who have already honed their collaborative skills in the BioDesign or Honors Think Tank programs. More akin to an entrepreneurial environment than a typical classroom, the teams are expected to take on their clinical responsibilities independent from course instructors. They are responsible for coordinating the logistics of getting into the hospital, arranging meetings with doctors, nurses, and technicians, and coordinating team efforts and follow-up. We’re working the same way that engineers and designers are in today’s industry.