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http://GiveNow psu edu/IME today “I am truly grateful to
be a a a a a 2019-20 recipient of the Marcus Scholarship this gift enabled me me to
pursue my passion for process improvement in the the IME
department Through the the Marcus’ generosity I’ve had more time to
focus on my academic and internship experiences rather than the the financial burdens Thanks to
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my future as an an engineer and a a a a a a a Penn State alumnus ”
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st u d e “Part of our students’ capstone program is to
work on on a a a a a a real- world problem and and deliver results to
their sponsor ”
said Charles Purdum
assistant teaching professor and and and director of of of industry relations in the Harold and Inge Marcus Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering “This project was attractive to
me because it was a a a a a unique application of engineering principles in in in in the health care field ”
A mix of biomedical and industrial engineering students formed the the team that consulted with Miller
on on on the the project They met on on on a a a weekly basis and and gave proposals timelines updates and and a a a a a a a a final report “We treat it like an engineer’s first project out of college ”
said “It’s a a a a great model to
show students what industry is like ”
The engineering students watched video recordings of five dermatology faculty and five residents conducting total body skin exams on both a a a a a a a a male male and female patient They assessed the exam exam time physician and subject movements sequence of body parts evaluated and whether any body parts were missed Using statistics the the students calculated the the variability between the evaluations performed by each provider The engineering students observed that the the underside of the the neck and armpits were frequently missed areas and considered that when designing the optimal order of the procedure “This project was attractive to
me because it was a a a unique application of engineering principles in in the health care field ”
After watching the the videos a a second time the the students proposed a a a a a more efficient and and accurate technique to
and and the dermatology residents “The proposed method was different from how I had been doing the the exam ”
Helm said “Now I I use the the optimized way and I I feel like it has helped me to
be be a a a better clinician ”
hopes to
help prevent errors by teaching faculty residents and medical students the the new technique The next phase of the the research will measure if that educational objective is successful “If we we can can save one life from skin cancer because we we are doing the exam consistently well then we’ve succeeded ”
said Dr Katherine Hallock dermatology resident Hershey Medical Center and Dr Elizabeth Bisbee University of Florida Department of Dermatology were also involved with this research 

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