ECU med student in feature story demonstrating new app
May 22, 2013
By Crystal Baity
ECU News Services
A chance visit to a booth at an innovative health conference landed Brody School of Medicine student Dylan Suttle in a news video spot.
Suttle, who just finished his second year of medical school at East Carolina University, became the patient in a smartphone physical exam in April while attending the TEDMED conference, an annual gathering focusing on health and medicine held in Washington, D.C.
The conference fosters interaction among medicine’s different disciplines by breaking down silos and gathering people from various concentrations, creating a massive exchange of ideas and connections, Suttle said.
“It’s been very difficult for me to explain my experience at TEDMED because it was so unique,” Suttle said. “Never have I been in an atmosphere where each individual is so passionately dedicated to improving health care yet from such a variety of backgrounds.”
Suttle’s trip was made possible by the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation and a scholarship from Kaiser Permanente. He was one of 1,800 delegates, and one of only 200 to receive the scholarship, from around the world.
He also is the first student from the Brody School of Medicine to attend the conference, said Dr. Elizabeth Baxley, senior associate dean of academic affairs.
“Dylan's enthusiasm about the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds, and to engage with a diverse group of speakers and participants, was something we wanted to support from the beginning,” Baxley said.
“As a student leader, we knew that Dylan would bring back some cutting edge ideas to ECU and would push us to consider the ways we do things from a much broader perspective. Taking advantages of opportunities outside of the classroom always expands the minds of our students – and we are wise to listen to what they teach us.”
At a tent called the Hive, a common area featuring gourmet espresso and health food, 50 health start-up companies pitched their products to delegates.
One feature start up, the Smartphone Physical, took the vitals of participants like Suttle. An Associated Press news crew came by to interview the creators while Suttle was there, landing him a cameo in the feature story: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/02/physical-smartphone-possibility/2129757/ .
Several devices are being developed for patients to track their vital signs like heart rate or blood pressure at home which can be wirelessly relayed to a physician through the internet for real-time observation.