2018 Engineering Interns Tackle Eight Innovation Projects

Just last year, I was one of 29 engineering interns roaming the halls of Jump Simulation. I was a recent graduate with little experience being asked to create and build a shoulder dislocation device to better train medical students and residents. This was a tool that wouldn’t just be thrown by the wayside after my internship was complete. It was a project that could potentially change the way clinicians learn to fix this medical issue.
With guidance of an orthopedic surgeon and the collaboration of other engineering interns, we produced a prototype worth further research and testing. I can honestly say this internship helped me become the engineer I am today. The skills I have gained are helping me enhance STEAM-related education in the Peoria area and innovate the simulation training devices of tomorrow.
Now, I am a full-time bioengineer at Jump and I, along with fellow bioengineer, Sister M. Pieta are excited to welcome a new class of interns this year with a variety of backgrounds (engineering, design, computer science, education, medicine and business). Much like last year, this slate of interns is being dispersed within OSF Innovation, helping not only the Simulation and Education teams, but the Healthcare Analytics, Medical Visualization (MedViz), Complex Solution Innovation and the Advanced Imaging and Modeling (AIM) teams as well. We can’t wait to see what this intelligent group of individuals comes up with!

2018 Summer Engineering Projects

Bedside STEAM: This team consists of Ana Valles (University of Illinois), Jakob Plotts (Bradley University), Diana Slater (U of I), Ashley Roberts (U of I), Surbhi Kalra (Illinois Institute of Technology), Reid Jockisch (U of I), Rachel Andersen (U of I), Toni Mullens (St. Jude Catholic School-Peoria), Eamon Bracht (U of I). They will work with myself and Sister M. Pieta to design a widget or asset that can be used to teach students participating in our newly launched Bedside STEAM program offered at the OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois.
MedVis: Reid Jockisch (U of I), is working with the MedVis group to segment anatomy from CT and MRI scans that can be used to create an augmented reality coloring book for the Bedside STEAM program.
Healthcare Analytics: The members of this team working with Healthcare Analytics are Steven Gallagher (BU) and Justin Blommer (Arizona State University). They are developing a dashboard that will report various metrics such as sepsis rates, surgical site infections and central line associated bloodstream infections. 
OSF Children’s Hospital Healthcare Analytics: Eamon Bracht (U of I), in partnership with Healthcare Analytics, is taking this project on to improve upon an existing dashboard that will help the OSF Children’s Hospital Pulmonology Department track efficiency, productivity, patient access, experience and quality.
Education: Max Vonachen (University of Dayton), in collaboration with the Jump Simulation education team, will focus on gathering historic cost data to determine the expenses associated with running simulation curriculum per year. In addition, he is developing a database to track education curriculum intake requests and current simulation curriculum. 
Pre-pharmacy immersion program: Neeti Gandhi (Purdue University) is helping the Jump education group write a program and curriculum for a pre-pharmacy immersion course to be offered to college students interested in this field.
Food security project: Nathaniel Prather (Indiana University) is working with the Complex Solutions Innovation group to help design and implement a food security program in the Peoria area.
Monetizing the AIM Educational Platform: Reid Jockisch (U of I), will be assisting a Jump business analyst to help form the appropriate process to monetize assets on the Advanced Imaging and Modeling platform.

An Untraditional Internship

When you traditionally think of internships, especially those with larger businesses, you don’t expect to participate in projects that you will get to see through the whole design process. But that is the kind of experience we offer interns every year. At some point, these young people will see their hard work making a difference within our hospital system.
In return, we get a burst of young, bright, energetic students who contribute innovative ideas and a different thought-process to solve complicated problems within the health care industry. It’s an opportunity that I know, from experience, will produce leaders ready to take on the largest health care challenges.
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