Medical Device Design: Identifying Problems Through Observation

Winter 2017
Saturday, Jan 28 9:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday, Jan 29 9:00am – 2:00pm
CAPE Simulation Lab

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 problems that are actionable through design. Our class focuses on practicing the first two phases of design-thinking methodology, empathize & define, with a complex medical setting as our backdrop.

During our week-end workshop, you will observe neonatal and obstetric medical simulations designed by our teaching team, and then performed by clinicians on simulated patients. You will observe these simulations at The Center For Advanced Pediatric And Perinatal Education (CAPE), then further analyze the scenarios by watching the video afterwards during a debrief session. Synthesis of information gathered and problem definition will follow in student groups. You will present the top clinical needs your group identifies to a panel of doctors, nurses and medical device innovators.  Homework will be reading journal articles. Prior design experience is recommended but not required. An interest in medical device innovation and human factors is highly recommended.

Accepting 9-12 Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Fellows and Post-docs. Application Closed

Teaching Team
Jules Sherman, CEO Maternal Life, Consulting Designer For Stanford Medical School
Nicole Yamada, MD, Neonatologist, Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics – Neonatal  and Developmental Medicine, Associate Director of the Center For Advanced Pediatric & Perinatal Education
Ruth Ann Crystal, MD, OB/GYN