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Program Description Heading link

The Clinical Immersion Program (CIP) at UIC was designed to enhance biomedical engineering student preparedness for industry positions through exposure to clinical-based needs identification as a method to enhance the design of medical devices. This program provides direct exposure to the clinical environment and methodical approaches to observe, interview, identify, and prioritize user needs for effective and efficient engineering design.  CIP at UIC was established with support from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health under award number R25EB018239.


The program pairs undergraduate biomedical engineering and medical students to define an interdisciplinary needs-finding experience.  The program lasts six weeks over the summer and participants spend that time immersed in a single clinical environment.  One day of the week is devoted to workshops consisting of both lectures and activities in preparation for immersion.  On the remaining weekdays, participants are immersed in the clinic under the direction of clinical mentors.

Program Publications Heading link

Publications describing the program, updates, and outcomes:

  • Felder, A. E., Browne, M.G., Kotche, M. Board 5: “WIP: An Interdisciplinary Project Development Pipeline Connecting Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering and Medicine Students.” Paper presented at 2023 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Baltimore, Maryland, 2023.  Link.
  • Kotche, M., Felder, A.E., Wilkens, K., Stirling, S. “Perspectives on Bioengineering Clinical Immersion: History, Innovation, and Impact.” Annals of biomedical engineering vol. 48,9 (2020): 2301-2309. doi:10.1007/s10439-020-02508-x.  Link.
  • Felder, A.E., Kotche, M., Stirling, S., Wilkens, K. “Interdisciplinary clinical immersion: from needs identification to concept generation.” Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2018. Link.
  • Stirling, S., Kotche, M. “Clinical immersion program for bioengineering and medical students.” Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, OH, 2017. Link.
  • Kotche M. “Clinical Immersion Internship Introduces Students to Needs Assessment.”  Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition. New Orleans, Louisiana, June 2016. Link.