October 2018 – Atlanta, GA

Register Now for BME-IDEA 2018!
October 16 & 17, 2018 | Atlanta, GA

Registration is now open for BME-IDEA 2018! This year’s meeting will be hosted in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with the 2018 BMES annual conference. Early Bird Registration is only $150!  Register now! (Sale ends 9/12.)

Overview

Members of the US-based BME-IDEA consortium meet approximately every other year to share best practices, discuss common challenges, and brainstorm new directions in BME innovation education. The group typically includes faculty and staff from leading U.S. universities that teach in experiential undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate training programs focused on health technology innovation.

This year’s meeting will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday,
October 16 and 17, 2018  in Atlanta, Georgia in conjunction with the 2018 BMES annual conference.

See below for the working version of the program schedule

What’s New and Exciting This Year?

  • For the first time ever, we are actively seeking to include
    representatives from the BME-IDEA consortiums in Europe and the Asia Pacific. Select participants will present at the main meeting on Wednesday, October 17 and a special working session will be held on Tuesday, October 16 to share ideas and information across these global regions.
  • New sessions on other timely topics, such as diversity in BME
    innovation education and technology translation, are included in this year’s agenda.
  • Time for networking with fellow participants over drinks and
    appetizers has been set aside the evening before the event to
    allow you to meet new colleagues and reconnect with old friends.

Program Schedule (working version)

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Timing Topic
2:00-6:00 Global Exchange: Tackling Issues and Sharing Best Practices in Innovation Education (by invitation)
6:00-8:00 Networking Reception (all participants)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Timing Topic
8:30-8:45 Welcome
8:45-9:45 Strengthening Industry-Academic Partnerships in Developing High Potential Talent and Solutions

Moderator: Dr. Youseph Yazdi (Johns Hopkins University)
Panelists: Arjun Desai (J&J), Stacy Kromenhoek (Boston Scientific), and Walt Baxter (Medtronic)

9:45-10:30 Essentially Complicated: Making Sense of Healthcare Economics
For payers, providers, and even patients, healthcare economics has become an essential consideration when it comes to deciding whether or not to adopt a new medical technology. Aspiring innovators must be equipped to understand the economics of their solutions and the ways in which the economics of health care differs from other fields. The difficult question for educators is how to incorporate this complex subject matter into graduate and undergraduate BME innovation training curricula. In this interactive panel discussion, we’ll explore a variety of perspectives, including academic economists and industry decision makers regarding what our trainees should know about healthcare economics.

Moderator: Paul Yock (Stanford)
Panelists: Jan Pietzsch (Stanford), Jason Hockenberry (Georgia Tech), and Sherri Dodd (Medtronic)

10:30-11:15 Dream Teams: Expanding Beyond BME
BME innovation education took a giant step forward with the introduction of project-based, experiential learning. Now, important opportunities exist to evolve our training models further by expanding our design teams to be truly inter-disciplinary. In this interactive panel discussion, hear from graduate and undergraduate program leaders about how they are involving students from other departments and schools in their courses and the effect it’s having on the learning experience.

Moderator: Joe Tranquillo (Bucknell University)
Panelists: Mary Beth Privitera (University of Cincinnati), Vin Pizziconi (ASU), and Wendy Newstetter (Georgia Tech)

11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 Diversity in BME Innovation Education:  Moving Beyond #MeToo to Real Inclusion

Moderator: Amy Lerner (University of Rochester)
Panelists: TBD

12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Going Global: Keeping up with Biomedical Innovation Education Worldwide
BME innovation education programs are building momentum in universities and other institutions around the world. Hear from the invention education leaders in Africa, Asia, and Europe about how their programs work, their greatest challenges, and how they seek to address them. During the discussion, and during networking opportunities throughout the meeting, we will also explore opportunities for international cross-program collaborations.

Moderator: Maria Oden (Rice University)
Panelists: Jimmy Moore (Imperial College), Justin Phoon (Singapore Biodesign), Masakazu Yagi (Japan Bidoesign), and Theresa Mkandawire (University of Malawi Polytechnic)

2:30-4:00 Large group break-out sessions (choose one):

Translation for Student-Generated Start-Ups: What You Need to Know, What They Need to Know
From the research lab to the Capstone Design experience, there are many opportunities for translation of ideas into commercial products in the academic environment. However, for many students (and faculty), starting a company can be intimidating. Most startups fail and the path to success can depend on a few key decisions along the way. In this special breakout session, four entrepreneurs with different levels of experience – from struggling first time entrepreneur to seasoned successful serial entrepreneur – will share their personal stories and provide their perspective on “If I knew then what I know now…” Join us to learn more about key issues for successful translation for student-generated startups.

Moderator: Eric Ledet (Rensselaer) and James Raines (Georgia Tech)
Panelists: Dev Mandavia, Erika Tyburski, Chris Lee, and Harold Solomon (student/faculty entrepreneurs and advisors)

The Next Big IDEA: Re-Imagining the Future of Design Competitions
More information coming soon!

Moderator: Phil Weilerstein (VentureWell)

4:00-4:15 Break
4:15-5:15 Small group break-out sessions (topics to be shared in advance of the meeting):

Design Potluck: Bring Something to Share
I wish we had more time to talk about *%&$^!@#.” Well, now we do! Following each conference session, topics of continued interest will be collected from participants and panelists. For Design Potluck, we will have 40-minute roundtable discussions on one of these top-10 exciting topics. Topic leaders will be selected, and each table will generate a discussion summary and action points to share and disseminate with the conference attendees.

5:15-5:45 Your Turn: Nifty Ideas Emerging from Today’s DiscussionThe collective wisdom of the BME-IDEA community extends beyond the names in the program and the invited panelists. We’ll close the conference with a chance for a few attendees to share their perspectives on ideas that have bubbled up throughout the day. If you have a best practice or an answer to a challenge that emerged from a panel discussion, please consider presenting in the Nifty Ideas section. This will be a crowd-sourced session of brief talks similar to the “snapshots” of previous years.

HOW IT WORKS: At any point during the day, propose a Nifty Idea talk! If you have a perfect response to a panel question, if your lunch discussion has people around you asking for more details, or if you feel like a critical topic was missing from the agenda, this is the chance to help others learn from your experience. We’ll be using the Sli.do platform to collect ideas. When you have the inspiration for a Nifty Idea presentation, jump on to Sli.do to add your proposal. During the break at 4:00, we’ll open the list of ideas for audience voting. The three topics that receive the most interest from participants will have five minutes to present during the Nifty Ideas session at the close of the day, followed by three minutes of group discussion.

Presentations should be informal (no slides). In the interest of time, they should stay focused on a single idea or best practice, rather than providing a general overview of your program or curriculum. Lobbying for your presentation is encouraged! At networking breaks, be sure to mention your Nifty Ideas to test the level of interest and encourage up-voting.

5:45-6:00 Wrap-Up

BME-IDEA 2018 Flyer

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