Medical Device Design: Identifying Problems Through Observation & Hands-On Training


Simulation learning fits well within the design-thinking paradigm:empathize (through immersion), define (the needs or problems), ideate (brainstorm), prototype (iterative low resolution style) and test with users (repeat). Creative people tend to work in two different ways: either as finders or makers. Finders demonstrate their creativity through discovery. They are driven to understand and to find explanations for phenomena not well understood. Makers are equally creative, but they are driven to synthesize what they know in new constructions, arrangements, patterns, compositions and concepts. In this class we will focus on what finders naturally do: observe, inquire and identify gaps and/or problems. Our class focuses on practicing the first two phases of the design-thinking paradigm: 1) empathize and 2) define, with a complex medical setting as our backdrop. Students will engage in concrete experience, abstract conceptualization and reflective observation in order to identify and package needs through storytelling.

During this d. School “Pop-Out” weekend workshop, students will observe and learn (hands-on) how to perform two neonatal and obstetric medical procedures (infant intubation and maternal hemorrhage protocol), then analyze the scenarios by watching the simulation videos with our clinicians. Students will also interview the clinicians about these procedures using field guides they create. Information will be synthesized, and students will present their user, the clinical problems they identified and an innovations/new vision. Students groups will present their work to a panel of designers and clinical experts. This workshop will be held at The Center For Advanced Pediatric & Perinatal Education.