Student Ingenuity & Innovation

Student Ingenuity & Innovation

Realizing that residents of rural areas and others with breathing problems often lack access to medical specialists, U-M medical student Clay Bavinger, second from right, tackled the issue in his summer biomedical research project. With support from our Global Health and Disparities Path of Excellence and a grant from the Verizon Foundation, Bavinger invented a monitoring device to record and transmit distinct breath sounds to a physician’s computer so that patients can be monitored remotely. Medical students Matt Christensen, second from left, and Evan Leitner, right, jumped in to help develop the project, bringing biomedical engineering major Bharath Sathiyamoorthy, left, and computer science undergraduate Ben Levy on board, and added a program that enables a computer to analyze the breath sounds. This exciting work represents the innovative thinking happening among our medical students and reflects their broader ambitions to improve care for patients.