Creative Inquiry

Current Projects

Re-engineering of Medical Training Simulator


Despite commercially available simulators, most of medical procedure training is conducted on human patients; medical students and interns perform their first trial of injection, intubation of airway, placement of central venous line, birthing, and neonatal resuscitation, and numerous other procedures on live patients. This is mainly due to the fact that the commercially available simulators do not completely simulate the anatomy and physiology of humans, thus, they do not allow realistic training of medical students. Dr. John Schaefer, professor of anesthesiology at the Medical University of South Carolina and an expert on the engineering of medical simulators, has recently presented these problems to the faculty of Clemson Bioengineering with intentions of collaboration to enhance the technology of medical training simulators. Thus, with clinical guidance and consultation from Dr. Schaefer, this creative inquiry project aims to 1) reverse-engineer and examine the problems associated with the existing models of medical training simulators, and 2) develop new devices or additional components to the existing devices to enable more realistic simulation for training of physicians. Applications for the team are typically due at the end of the semester. Please see the Department of Bioengineering website for details:

Courses (See instructor for enrollment)

Creative Inq in Bioengineering (BIOE 4510 003)

Team Leader(s)

Jiro NagatomiBioengineering
Delphine Dean, PhDBioengineering


*Luedicke, N., *Burghardt, E., *Hodge, J., *Barrett, A., *Thomas, R., Dean, D., Nagatomi, J. (2013, May). Novel central venous catheterization simulation for medical training. Proceedings of the 29th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference, 93-94.
*Jett, J., *Jacoby, J., *Barrett, A., *Van Metre, R., *Casey, J., (2015, March). Validation Testing of a Novel Central Venous Catheterization Simulator Poster presented at the annual Focus on Creative Inquiry meeting in Clemson, SC
*Luedicke, N., *Burghardt, E., *Hodge, J., *Barrett, A., *Thomas, R., Dean, D., Nagatomi, J. (2013, May 3-5). Novel Central Venous Catheterization Simulation for Medical Training. Presented at the Biomedical Engineering Conference (SBEC), Miami, FL.
*Ovington, T. *Devon, A. (2014, April 29). Poster presented at the 18th Annual Posters on the Hill, Washington, DC.
*Thomas, R., *Barrett, A., *Foister, S., *Jett, J., *Hicks, K., Nagatomi, J., Dean, D. (2014, April). Medical training simulation for central venous catheterization. Poster presented at the Focus on Creative Inquiry Poster Forum, Clemson, SC.
The student were awarded an SCRA Launch entrepreneur award in Jan. 2012 Presentations Presented a poster at the SouthEast Biomedical Engineering Career Conference (SEBECC), Biomaterials Day, and Biomedical Engineering Society meeting in Fall 2011.

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