Sunrise Labs Intern Shadows Cardiology Group at Tampa General Hospital

Jonthan DeWolf is a Mechnical Engineering Intern at Sunrise Labs. With a Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S. M.E) under his belt from the University of New Hampshire - Durham, Jonthan is currently working towards his Master's of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E), specializing in fluid dynamics.

Recently, Jonathan was granted an incredibly opportunity to observe several cases in the Cardiovascular Operating Room (CVOR) at Tampa General Hospital. We caught up with Jonathan to learn more about his unique learning experience from the gracious staff at Tampa General.

Q: What is your role at Sunrise?
A: My responsibilities vary for each project, but mainly I'm tasked with research to gain familiarity with product applications, computer-aided design (CAD) work often used in product visualization and for prototype purposes, and any sort of analysis, which typically goes hand-in-hand with the design work.

Q: Why were you given this opportunity at Tampa General Hospital?
A: After being exposed to a wide variety of projects this past summer at Sunrise, I took an interest in medical devices, specifically cardiothoracic devices. My mother, a Cardiothoracic ICU nurse, spoke to a cardiology group at Tampa General Hospital about the possibility of witnessing a few cases in the Cardiovascular Operating Room (CVOR).

Q: During your visit, did the surgeons discuss new technologies that are facilitating surgeries or with patient monitoring (at home)?
A: In the time spent at the hospital, I was able to obtain a variety of practical knowledge regarding the range of devices for patients who need cardiac support. The variety of implantable cardiovascular support devices can be used to fit the needs of the patient. The equipment and instrumentation used in the operating room is ever changing. I was given a tour of the CT-ICU, cardiac catheterization lab and the equipment storage areas. While each of the individual areas had their own aspects, I found the CVOR and the hybrid cardiac cath rooms to be the most interesting as they have the ability to perform continuous fluroscopy (X-Ray).

Q: What are the greatest takeaways for you from this experience?
A: My biggest takeaway after touring the different hospital units and becoming familiar with the technologies and instruments used, is that the medical device industry is constantly changing to improve the standard of care. Yet, the flip side is that there will be always be a degree of improvement to avoid risks for these devices.