North American Consortium on Rehabilitation Engineering and Technology for the Individual
The focus of this project is to increase awareness among biomedical engineers of the differing individual, family and community rehabilitative healthcare needs in North America and to enhance the development and transfer of new scientific tools and techniques, medical devices, and related biomedical research.
This program is innovative in its focus on the impact of biomedical engineering on the person – the patient, the patientŐs support network, and the respective clinicians. All students will have contact with physicians, patients or applied researchers through a variety of academic opportunities, including engineering technical elective courses, an engineering project or senior design experience, an independent study (engineering research or service project), a clinical rotation or industrial internship, and/or cultural and language courses.
NARETI is a collaborative initiative between the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto in Canada, the University of Guadalajara and the Technologico De Monterrey (ITESM) Chihuahua in Mexico, and Marquette University and the University of Illinois at Chicago in the United States. Each institution brings unique but complementary resources from their biomedical engineering departments, research centers, industrial partners, and clinical affiliates. See WWW.NARETI.COM for more information,
This award is part of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). NARETI is a collaborative initiative involving biomedical engineering faculty and students at six institutions (University of Calgary and the University of Toronto in Canada, the University of Guadalajara and the Technologico De Monterrey (ITESM) Chihuahua in Mexico, and Marquette University and the University of Illinois at Chicago in the United States), offering a exchange of students for a semester abroad and possible certificate in global engineering. (PI: Barbara Silver Thorn; Sub-contracted PI at UIC: James Patton)
See http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/fipse/index.html for more information on the program, especially the link, "Program for North American Mobility in Higher Education"
Objectives and Outcomes:
The overall goal of our program is to apply biomedical engineering principles and design to healthcare, rehabilitation and medical devices with direct application to the individual. This mobility partnership will incorporate related transfer coursework, capstone design projects, engineering service projects, research experiences, and industry and clinical internships to address the following project educational objectives:
1. To increase awareness of specific individual health and rehabilitation needs,
2. To increase sensitivity to individual/family/community/environmental/cultural needs, support mechanisms and resources as they relate to medical care,
3. To increase awareness of needs related to accessibility of health and rehabilitation products and services (training, delivery, repair, technical support), and
4. To increase awareness of alternative healthcare delivery systems and associated constraints of the respective North American countries, and to increase awareness of various regulatory and privacy issues related to rehabilitative healthcare.
All of the aspects of the program described above are designed to meet these objectives. A timetable of activities is summarized in section VI.
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