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Clinical Technology - Engineer meets Surgeon


Admission requirements

This course is an Honours Class and therefore in principle only available to students of the Honours College. There are a few places available for regular students.


Clinical Technology is an emerging field where clinicians, engineers, and clinical physicists work closely together to improve health care. Think of imaging technology, such as MRI and CT. But clinical technology is also about minimally invasive surgery and medical devices, such as pacemakers and orthopaedic implants.

It will turn out that there is more to clinical technology than pure engineering: there are also ethical, sociological and juridical aspects and implications. In this Honours Class, we will present and analyse a number of cases in which state of the art clinical technology was developed and implemented by engineers, clinicians, and clinical physicists.

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have a comprehensive view on state of the art advances in clinical technology and its ethical, sociological and juridical aspects and implications.


Wednesdays: 25 January, 22 February, 8 and 22 March, 5 and 19 April, 3, 17 and 31 May, 14th of June: 17:15-21:00 hrs


Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), room H1-14/18
The Final detabe will take place in the Old Observartory, room C0.05.


  1. January 25: Coming together, brief overview of the Honours Class and student assignments

  2. February 22: “Designer biomaterials: combining 3D printing and rational design”
    Prof.dr. A. Zadpoor: Department of Biomedical Engineering, 3-ME, TU-Delft.

  3. March 8: Quality of implants and patient safety
    Prof. dr. R.G.H.H. Nelissen, Department of Orthopaedics, LUMC Prof.dr. ir. E.R. Valstar, Department of Orthopaedics, LUMC and Department of Biomechanical Engineering, TU Delft

  4. March 22: Medical Imaging: From molecule to man Boudewijn Lelieveldt LUMC and TU Delft

  5. April 5: Cochlear implants: clinical problem, technological solution, and social impact
    Prof. dr. ir. J.H.M. Frijns, Department of Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery, LUMC

  6. April 19: Vascular surgery: on minimally invasive surgery, stents, and safety
    Prof. dr. J.F. Hamming, Department of Surgery, LUMC; pending confirmation

  7. May 3: Healthcare ethics and medical diveces
    Mw. Dr. Cezanne Philips, LUMC

  8. May 17: Health Technology Assessment
    Dr. Ken Redekop, Institute of Medical Technology Assessment, Erasmus University, Rotterdam; pending confirmation

  9. May 31: An industry perspective
    Dr. Eric Garling, Stryker, Switzerland

  10. June 14: Final Debate

Course Load

This course is worth 5 EC, which means the total course load equals 140 hours.

  • Lectures: 10 lectures of 4 hours

  • Literature reading: 5 hours per session

  • Session organization: 15 hours

  • Assignments & final essay: 40 hours

Assessment method

  • 20% Organising a session

  • 10% Active participation in the sessions

  • 70% Final essay of minimum 2000 words

Blackboard and uSis

Blackboard will be used in this course. Students can register for the Blackboard site two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Please note: students are not required to register through uSis for the Honours Classes. Your registration will be done centrally.

Reading list

The reading materials for the individual sessions will be posted on BlackBoard.


Enrolling in this course is possible from Monday November 7th until Sunday November 20th through the Honours Academy, via this link


Prof.dr. P.J. van den Elsen