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Intern Insights: Week 7

This week, due to expected poor weather, we decided not to activate the CoLab Philadelphia airstream trailer. Instead, we visited McPherson Square park on foot and had candid conversations with residents about their daily experiences and what improvement they’d like to see. The data collection day was particularly insightful because we were able to gauge the various ways residents were using the park / library when the CoLab trailer isn't there. We will hopefully use this insight to configure our set up and programs for future activations to better serve Kensington. 

On Thursday we ran our Death Redesigned workshop with attendees from many different backgrounds. It was interesting to hear everyone’s perspective on death and dying, especially those coming from outside of the healthcare industry. We had a full house and were still able to efficiently execute the design thinking workshop. This workshop was organized and led by our Design Researchers, Shamay Agaron and Alexandra Melo. They facilitated teamwork and conversations around how to change the way we talk about death and dying. Thank you to all those who came out and helped us talk about this pressing topic.

Finally, we had a lot of exciting progress on our 3D printing projects. We have started a new project on modeling left atrial appendages to allow cardiologist to pre-measure watchman devices (used to block of appendages and prevent clotting). The team also visited Abington Hospital to meet with Dr. Lim, the chair of radiology, and Dr. Mackey, our primary OB/GYN partner. We attended the SOAT (surgical OB assist team) meeting to show the uterine fibroids model to the team that will be performing the operation in a few weeks. The team was incredibly excited and had several ideas for new applications of 3D printing in OB/GYN. As our first uterine fibroid project nears completion, we are starting to think about publication and are excited to apply what we’ve learned to other cases.