The field of biomedical engineering (BME) is expansive and growing, with expertise areas in each of 1) imaging and medical physics; 2) biomaterials & biomechanics, 3) devices and interventions; and 4) molecular and cellular engineering, and this journal club class will focus on one of these areas or a combination of them as designed each term. Our fundamental knowledge of systems and methods that form this evolution are being updated and revised on a daily basis, through academic research. The engineering and applied science aspects of these areas are published in scholarly journals and conference proceedings, and the fundamental discoveries and advances need to be understood. To be competitive within their professions, biomedical engineers must therefore maintain broad knowledge of current advances in fields related to their areas of specialization. This course will survey current peer-reviewed literature from a variety of sources and help students develop good reading habits, literature search skills, and the ability to critically assess peer-reviewed literature. The topic of each term will vary with the students enrolled, and several BME offerings with slightly different topic focus may occur.
PhD students are expected to take this course each term of their first year, ideally, and receive a total of one course credit.