MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2017

DIY Medical Technology Construction Kits

Jose Gomez-Marquez, Little Devices Lab

Jan/10 Tue 09:30AM-03:30PM N52-373G

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required

Short Hand-on Seminar on DIY Medical Technology

Build medical device kits to empower patients and clinicians to make novel health devices.

What happens when everyone can make their own medical device? What are the drivers of how to democratize the basics of human health technology? The basics of DIY Medical Device Design and its implications are discussed in a series of hands-on activities and discussions to cover topics such as 

- (Re) fabrication of medical technology

- The pharmacies in our garages

- The EpiPen vs. The Nerf Gun and what we can do about it

- How mom's can design and make their own Zika tests

- The future of patient data if we make it ours

- A look at how a hospital makerspace operates

- The MakerNurse program


The disparities in affordable healthcare technology are a growing part of increasing healthcare costs globally. This course aims to teach affordable prototyping and design strategies for health technology and medicine that can be applied to improve patient care in a variety of settings: both low-income and high-income economies, at patients' homes and in hospitals. 

This one day seminar serves an an introduction to HST S.47 MakerLab, a two-week hands on sister course also offered during IAP.

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Course Director(s):Lee GehrkeJose Gomez-MarquezAnna Young


Time: January 10th, 9:30am to 3pm


Location: N52-391




Sponsor(s): Institute for Medical Engineering & Science
Contact: Jose Gomez-Marquez, N52-373G, 617 674-7516,