Orthopaedics and Biomedical Engineering Design: An Innovative Duet toward a Better Tomorrow Current Concept Review

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Alvin W. Su
Ashutosh Khandha
Sonia Bansal
Jennifer M. Ty
Andrew Baldys
Zachary P. French
John P. Puccinelli


The main purpose of this article is to explore the benefits and dynamics of collaborations between orthopaedic surgeons and biomedical engineering (BME) undergraduates and faculties in the context of engineering design programs as well as clinical immersion programs. An outline of strategies to navigate the seemingly complex landscape of hospitals and universities is presented through models of orthopedic-BME collaborations at two distinct academic practice settings in the United States. In addition to (four) examples of BME design projects sponsored by the clinicians, funding and intellectual property (IP), priority of time management, as well as the positive impact on student education are also discussed. Design collaborations can provide unique educational and research opportunities for the development of undergraduate engineering students to become future leaders; at the same time, this simultaneously facilitates innovative solutions fulfilling unmet clinical needs for orthopedic clinicians. Overall, we hope to provide references and resources for those who are interested in developing similar orthopedic-BME design framework for future innovation and student education in real-life orthopedic research translation.

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Su, A. W., Khandha, A., Bansal, S., Ty, J. M., Baldys, A., French, Z. P., & Puccinelli, J. P. (2023). Orthopaedics and Biomedical Engineering Design: An Innovative Duet toward a Better Tomorrow: Current Concept Review. Journal of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, 5(2). https://doi.org/10.55275/JPOSNA-2023-693
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