Throughout the three phases of DTiH (Q1, Q2, and Q3), each challenge is discussed within a working unit (see below). A brief description of the elements of a working unit is as follows:
Challenge owner (ChO): Researcher/scientist expert on the technical elements of the challenge. The challenge owners can be found here.
Clinical liaison (CL): Healthcare professional with expertise treating patients suffering from a disease the challenge is about.
Industry liaison (IL): Professional working in a company that has generate a biomedical business model about the disease.
Teaching assistant (TA): A graduate-level tutor/coach who serves connects the ChO and liaisons with the student group.
An academic year at DTiH involves:
6 challenges: anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, heart arrythmia, scoliosis, catheter design and tissue interaction, metabolism and diabetes, and hernia and fibrosis.
75 students divided in 15 groups of 5 students each,
3 teachers (one responible teacher per quartile),
One ChO, CL and IL per student group,
One TA per student group,
A small group of all-around medical consultants (Sander van Eijck, Ramon Ganesh and Jorge Uquillas), and
Two course coordinators