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Biomedical Engineering Service-Learning Course Helps Abroad and at Home

Engineering Service-Learning courseStudents taking a new service learning course in the Virginia Commonwealth University College of Engineering are gaining hands-on skills in repairing medical equipment to help patients in need, both locally and overseas in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Chris Largaespada, a biomedical engineering and applied mathematics double major in his junior year, learned how to take apart and fix motorized wheelchairs last spring by shadowing the biomedical equipment technicians who keep VCU Health System medical equipment running.

Last month, Largaespada traveled to the public hospital on the southern Caribbean island of St. Vincent to see firsthand how he and other VCU biomedical engineering students could provide future assistance.

Biomedical engineering doctoral student Patrick Link designed the course. “We wanted to bring the idea of biomedical engineering to regional communities that don’t have access to the kind of equipment that others do,” he said.

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