Medical Technology Workshop

June 14, 2015

This week we had an incredible medical technologies workshop with the engineers from Medtronic. Al Garcia and his team brought all kinds of cool devices to teach us about tools and methods used to improve surgeries and keep patients safe. Here are a few things that EVO students learned. 

Thank you very much for coming in and educating us about the medical technologies you design!  It is extremely inspirational to see adults in the bioengineering field who are passionate about their work and look forward to making a change in the world.  I am very pleased to say that I learned not only how the technologies work, but the applications of the technologies as well.  -Lauren 

“Biomedical engineering” is a term that I have always heard, but I have never actually known what it entails. The visit was an eye-opening experience, because it taught me that engineering isn’t too far from my own career goals and interests. Before last Saturday, I didn’t realize that the medical field, which I plan on pursuing, and engineering could have so much overlap. The workshop on Saturday taught me that engineering and medicine actually go hand-in-hand in the task of providing health care. Actually being able to SEE and hear about the different devices created by Covedien showed me that biomedical engineering is an area that really interests me. Also, seeing now that majoring or doing a program in the area during college (along with my Pre-Med track) would actually enhance my knowledge and understanding of both areas, I am now considering doing so. Overall, the visit from the engineers was an incredibly informative and fun experience that I feel I gained much from.- Chinanu

Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to demonstrate to us. Your workshop has taught me so much about surgery and the tools needed to conduct surgery. I always wanted to be a doctor. One thing that wasn’t clear to me was what tools, devices and skill I would have to use to be a doctor. Now that I know the tools doctors and surgeons use, I understand that surgery isn’t as complicated as it used to be. Also, I was surprised that most doctors take biomedical technology before going to medical school. One thing I want to too in the future is take biomedical technology and become a neurologist. While attending this workshop, I learned that most neurologist do not use the tools that other surgeons use because the brain is a much more sensitive organ. Your workshop has inspired me to hopefully invent a tool that neurologist can use to make surgery more accurate and safe. I hope to hear from you in the future.-Wayde