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Phase 1 Problem Identification and Project Formulation


Each Class will include 45 minute lecture and 45 interactive/team process. Weekly or Bi-weekly report and reflection be posted on the web site.


Week #1 Aug 21-23

Aug 21 Why Are We Here? What really happens in the Emergency Department?. lecture by Ellen & Jeremy (check out the Course Notes for presentation slides)

August 23 Clinical process and design considerations for Emergency Department.

  • Course objectives, schedule - Craig
  • developing problem statements through observation - Jeremy
  • best of previous projects - ellen


Week #2 Aug 28-30

Aug 28 Evidence-based design - how to find and evaluate evidence - Craig

  • Developing effective teams - Ellen

Aug 30 health systems perspectives and analysis tools David (homework: site visit report)

  • roles of doctors, nurses and other team members - Jeremy
  • Grady ED tour... TBA

homework - ED visit (report to present as Pecha-Kucha on Sep 4th)

Week #3 Sep 04-06

Sep 4 Pecha Kucha presentation

  • problem discussion

Sep 6 Intro to evidence-based design Craig

  • Writing problem statements - Jeremy

Homework - 5 reference articles: PDF, EndNote

Week #4 Sep 11-13

Sep 11 - "Healthcare/ED design process" Prof. Farrow

  • Team composition

Sep 13 Problem statement - jeremy


Week #5 Sep 18-20

Sep 18 field observations by individual teams, Jeremy to present "Problem definition"

Sep 20 discussion of problems, form groups



Phase 2 Project Development


Week #6 Sep 25-27

Sep 25 - Best practice emergency departments

Sep 27 - Pecha Kucha presentation, Problem analysis discussion each team collect 3 case studies, and related literature and start a preliminary design)

Week #7 Oct 02 - 04

Discussion, project development (case study and a preliminary design)

October 2 - Problems and Solutions - presenting the case studies and a preliminary design - Prototype 1 - 8 min each team

October 4 - Healthcare lecture

Week #8 Oct 09-1

October 9. Prototyping and testing solutions - Guest Reviewers

mid term presentation & review

October 11 Solution option discussion - Pecha Kucha (presentation of 3 solutions)

Week #9 (Oct 16 - Fall Break) Oct 18

Discussion and reflection on October 18 - Solution selected, submit list of materials needed



Phase 3 Project Development and Concept Test


Week #10 Oct 23-25

Getting IRB approval

Oct 23 - faculty team discussion and crits

Oct 25 presentation of prototype

Week #11 Oct 30 - Nov 1

Setting up for deployment

Faculty/team/discussion/crits

Week #12 Nov 06- 08

Continue development, describe test methodology - Craig


Phase 4 Project Refinement


Week #13 Nov 13-15

Prototype class evaluation and discussion

Week #14 Nov 20 - 22

Nov 20 Project time

Nov 22 Thanksgiving

Week 15 Nov 27 - 29)

Continue refinement, final solution, team presentation and discussion

Nov 27 Final solution PPT - Ellen

Nov 29 Final solution review

Week 16 Dec 04-06

Final presentations (VIP & Public Open House)

Final documentation due at end of term

Week 17 Dec 11-13

Final documentation due ( 12/15)