Date of Award

Summer 2010

Degree Type

Internship Practicum Report

Degree Name

Master of Science

Field of Study

Clinical Research Management


Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Patricia Gwirtz


A medical device is any device used in the treatment or diagnosis of a patient. This practicum project focuses on assessing the process for medical device translation in an academic setting by summarizing the development pathway of medical devices, identifying common obstacles encountered in this pathway, and assessing the clinician’s awareness of the process of medical device translation. This examination was conducted by literature reviews, discussions with professionals, and a clinician survey. Results revealed that successful development of medical devices depends on the cooperation of clinicians and device companies in the coordination of device invention, intellectual property acquisition and regulatory approval. The results indicate that clinicians need to be better educated about medical device research and its hurdles to facilitate medical device development.