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Biomedical Engineering at the Health Campus

Biomedical Engineering: A bench-to-bedside experience at the UC Davis Health Campus

Who should take this experience?

Biomedical engineering undergraduate students who want to enhance their knowledge of engineering design and gain exposure to the clinical environment.  

The courses align with the junior year BME major curriculum, offering practical exposure to both clinical settings and industry-relevant topics. This will serve as a solid foundation for the senior design course and will be valuable for students planning to work in industry or pursue a higher degree in academia.

Offered Fall 2024

  • Max enrollment: 12 students
  • Prerequisites: Junior with all lower division required coursework completed before program start.

The BME experience application for Fall 2024 is closed. Stay updated with future applications and activities by filling out our student interest form.

This experience offers biomedical engineering (BME) majors an opportunity to engage in an authentic clinical needs-finding experience. Students will receive in-depth instruction in the industry-relevant tools and methods used in the product design and development process. Additionally, participants learn physiology in the context of clinical arenas that deploy biomedical technology, such as surgical suites, departmental clinics, and intensive care units. Programmatic emphasis will be placed on enhanced exposure to critical topics including clinical workflow, FDA and device regulation, standards, and entrepreneurial mindset in the clinical setting.



  • Xianglong Wang, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Biomedical Engineering
  • Jennifer Choi, Associate Professor of Teaching, Biomedical Engineering 
  • Steven George, Department Chair and Professor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Aijun Wang, Professor, Surgery and Biomedical Engineering 
  • Jinhwan Kim, Assistant Professor, Surgery and Biomedical Engineering
  • Wenting Gao, Instructor, Biomedical Engineering
  • Donald V Chigazola, Instructor, Biomedical Engineering


  • BIM 180 — Clinical Needs in Healthcare Settings (5 units)
  • Students will gain a deeper understanding of the role of needs finding in the engineering design process through the identification of strategic focus areas, observations in the needs exploration process, and analysis and development of relevant needs statements.  Students will be applying these strategies through a practicum experience in which they will undergo clinical immersion through observations in Surgery and other clinical departments at the UC Davis Medical Center. BME Engineering Elective. Taught by Dr. Jinhwan Kim and Dr. Aijun Wang
  • BIM 170 — Aspects of Medical Device Design & Manufacturing (2 units)
  • The class describes the product development lifecycle used in biomedical innovation and design from concept generation through post-market activities. Major topics include concept generation and screening, product development, product transfer, manufacturing, clinical studies, intellectual property strategies, and post-market activities. BME Engineering Elective. BIM 170 will be held at the UC Davis campus for Fall 2024. Taught by Donald Chigazola 
  • BIM 189C — Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Engineering (3 units)
  • This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn how to work with health and medical professionals to better address the nation’s emerging healthcare challenges. Using Lean Startup Theory, this course will provide a platform that can develop solution prototypes that match healthcare users’ needs in just weeks, rather than months or years. Students will work with healthcare and industry professionals, including investors, who may provide follow-on funding to student teams for further refinement and development of solution prototypes. Taught by Wenting Gao