Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science and the School of Medicine will offer a master’s degree program in custom medicine and applied engineering to combine engineering, robotics and medicine
Yale Daily News
This summer, five students will form the introductory class of graduate students in custom medicine and applied engineering, a new program proposed jointly by the Yale School of Medicine and the School of Applied Engineering and Science.
This year’s master’s program aims to train future generations of engineers, robotics experts and doctors at the forefront of technology in the healthcare profession. Led by Lisa Latanza, Chair and Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the School of Medicine, the program has been merged as part of the larger strategic vision of the School of Engineering and Applied Science – which has been rebuilt to be separate from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The Center for Engineering Innovation and Design James Tyler and Assistant Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Daniel Viznia.
“We are very excited that the program is taking place,” said Stephen Tomsini, a research scientist in orthopedics and rehabilitation at Yale Medical School. “We have to thank the School of Engineering and the School of Medicine for offering their support and approving the program. An undergraduate I had previously studied in class asked about such engineering programs, that Lyle was not something more industrial and clinically related to biomedical engineering, so I was able to fulfill this request for many Students, think, provide for all of us. “
The idea first came to Latanza when she was practicing medicine and realized that she could improve patient care by working in three-dimensional space with the help of engineering and computer programming, which allowed her to better imagine breaks or a congenital orthopedic deformity. In trying to do so, she realized that neither she nor the engineers she worked with had a concrete understanding of the other discipline, which led to the idea of a joint curriculum.
The program is scheduled to begin this summer, when admissions students will undergo a summer session with a clinical immersion where they will spend time in clinics, wards in hospitals and operating rooms to learn from specialists in the fields of robotics, engineering and medicine, according to Viznaya.
Viznaya added that any student who enrolls will participate in a research paper. The hope of the practical summer session is that students will meet their research mentor who will guide them on a project that combines modern technology and medical practice.
“They will have this baptism to really learn about the clinical environment,” Viznia said. “A big weakness for a lot of engineers is that they never spend that much time [the clinical] around the. Then they will receive tutoring during that semester from … faculty member, a true 3D specialist, custom medicine, and they will work with this doctor and learn how they treat patients with this customized treatment method. “
In the fall, professors of engineering and medicine will teach classes together, covering topics ranging from robotics and computerized navigation in the medical field to building three-dimensional models from high-resolution medical imaging.
Along with the research work required of each student, they will also have the opportunity to participate in an industry-sponsored project, according to Wiesnia.
“Students can work with a medical device company that … really specializes in this field and the student will benefit from this experience in terms of learning,” Viznia explained. “They will have the opportunity to learn how this company conducts research and get to know the engineers on these teams.”
Students will also learn how to interpret FDA regulations and the medical device design process. According to Lattanza, the courses will include components focused on virtual reality and artificial intelligence in the hope that students will understand the intersection of customized medical and surgical care with innovative technology.
According to Wilczynski, the one-year master’s program is the first of its kind in the country and will help revolutionize the medical industry.
“This technology allows us to treat each patient as an individual to formulate a treatment plan, whether it is a surgical plan or a medical plan prepared specifically for that person and not something broader or more general,” Latanza said. “There are many ways it will affect patient care, whether it’s from the aspect of 3D cellular printing or personal surgery or even projects that will require better ways to educate our students and reach each side of the medical or engineering school side. Side in terms of anatomy access 3D. “
The School of Engineering and Applied Science will officially become a separate faculty from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on July 1, 2022.