Ahead of EnMed’s Virtual Student Innovation Symposium, three student groups were selected as finalists to orally present their innovation proposals during the event on Monday, June 28.
“All first-year EnMed students were divided into teams and tasked with developing a solution to address a healthcare problem that they observed in their medical courses,” EnMed assistant research professor Andrew Robbins said. “While every team did a great job, we selected three teams who performed exceptionally well, and who will be honored at the Innovation Symposium.”
According to Robbins, the proposals were judged by other EnMed students through peer assessments, in addition to EnMed’s engineering faculty and a guest reviewer in the medical device industry.
The top three groups will receive monetary awards to support continuing education, and the first-place team will have an opportunity to name one of EnMed’s 3D printers for the next semester. The symposium will also feature a keynote address from Dr. Ben Hertzog, an experienced medical device entrepreneur who currently serves as Entrepreneur in Residence with Johnson & Johnson’s Center for Device Innovation at the Texas Medical Center. There will also be a virtual hall where all first-year EnMed students will have an opportunity to present their innovations in poster format.
First place – Reducing Misuse of Medications
Vasiliki Anemikos, Caleb Haeussler, Mitchell Hsu and Tanner Walker will present a way to administer and deliver pharmaceuticals for patients taking more than three medications to reduce incidences of noncompliance and over or undertaking of medications.
Second place – Liver Enhancer
Brianna Cathey, Niha Choudhury, Madeline Franke and Johnny McMurray will present a way to enhance liver function in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease to reduce liver transplantation rates.
Third place – Head Positioning During Radiation
Tarek Dawaemne, Rachel Stading and Sandra Zhi will present a way to improve positioning during radiation treatment for head and neck cancer patients to increase comfort while maintaining accuracy.