Elizabeth Mellins
biography :: conference marerials
An Introduction to Medicine for Students in Bioscience and Engineering
Bioscience and engineering students strive to bridge the gap between the laboratory and the clinic throughout their careers. Stanford University offers a course designed to make bridging that gap easier. Introduction to Medicine is a project-based course that uses diabetes as a model disease in a survey of medicine. It provides students a perspective of the clinical knowledge of a health practitioner, while also teaching them how to find information and explore a disease. Students survey the basic pre-clinical sciences and numerous clinical disciplines. Grades are based upon a group project which proposes a novel solution to an existing problem in diabetes. When surveyed, a majority of students reported that the course had impacted their career direction. Introduction to Medicine exposes bioscience and engineering students to the principles of medicine and strives to enhance their future contributions to the field.

Entrepreneurial Courselet for Phd Students in Medicine
The previous presentation describes Stanfordís Introduction to Medicine course, offered to PhD students in the basic medical sciences to introduce approaches used by physicians to understand human disease. To aid teams that develop potentially marketable technologies, the Intro to Medicine faculty invited the Program in Biodesign to create a CD-based, directed mini-course on entrepreneurial issues medical device development. Biodesignís own innovation course features a series of speakers discussing entrepreneurial aspects of device invention. A courselet was developed using selected video content from the Biodesign course paired with supporting documents such as worksheets and examples and set into a content structure around issues in entrepreneurship. This paper will discuss the development of the courselet.