FAQ - Medical Design Conference 2015

What is the IDSA Medical Design Conference?

The IDSA Medical Design Conference will explore design in the healthcare domain within the realm of usability — ranging from the evolving relationship between industrial design and agency promoted design activities to enabling the healthcare culture migrate from treating illness to enabling wellness. 

The IDSA Medical Design Conference, focusing on the practice of medical device development  (MDD) will be balanced between two tracks: knowledge sharing presentations and workshops.

While our discussions will include Medical Device Design 101 (design research techniques, the application of human factors and interfacing with clinical personnel), we’ll also focus on Medical Device Design 102 in the following key areas:

  • Digital Health—Case studies with FDA approval including but not limited to: connecting implantable devices with external software, e-patients, etc.
  • Perspectives of the Healthcare Ecosystem—The role of design in affecting purchase decision models, business impact, black market and perspectives of key players (physicians, nurses, etc.).
  • Medical Device Design for Aging—The “Silver Tsunami.”
  • Differences in MDD for developing world vs. Western technology.
  • Best practices in MDD.

Our workshops will advance your knowledge and skill in specific areas of your choice including a pre-conference workshop conducted by Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation faculty. Join us for this insightful conference aimed at delivering contemporary content you can use.

Who should attend?

Designers, business professionals, human factors specialists and academics, as well as anyone who is passionate about medical design and eager to learn more about, and shape the future of, the medical design profession. The conference includes high-level material and is therefore designed for professionals in the medical device field.

What do IDSA registration fees cover and how are they set?

Professional registration fees include attendance to the full two-day conference, Oct. 21-22, conference materials, lunch and snack breaks.

For all registrants, breakfasts and dinners are on your own.

Do I have to be an IDSA member to register?

No. The Medical Design Conference is open to everyone. However, IDSA members are eligible to receive significant discounts on registration rates.  Learn more about IDSA membership. Check out FAQs and join here.

Am I eligible for the academic rate?


A deeply discounted academic rate is available for member educators and students who are full-time educators or students.

Nonmember academic rates are also available to full-time education professionals and students.

Academic discounts are not currently available for individuals employed outside of the education field but who also teach on a part-time basis or who are part-time students. 

Can I buy a one-day pass to the conference?

No, one-day passes are not available for this conference.

Can I get a media pass for the conference?


A limited number of media passes are available for editorial staff providing coverage of the event and sharing the news with a broader audience.

A maximum of one media pass will be provided per news organization.

Please contact Sudha Kamath for more information and to request a media pass.

How do you select speakers for the conference?

IDSA put out an open call for speakers and facilitators inviting members, nonmembers and other interested parties to propose lectures and workshops for the program. The Conference Chair vetted these submissions with the planning committee and selected the submissions that best fit the conference theme. The call for speakers and facilitators closed July 5, 2015.

Is there a discounted hotel room rate at the Hilton Tampa Downtown for attendees?


A rate of $144 single/double plus taxes per night is available through the IDSA discounted room block.

You can call the hotel reservation line at 813-204-3000 and use the group name “IDSA Medical Design Conference 2015” to receive the discount, or you can book online.

Rooms must be booked no later than September 28, 2015.

More information about registering and the hotel is available on the Medical Design Conference location page.

What is the dress code?

Business casual

What is the weather like in Tampa in November? 

Warm. Tampa’s average high temperature in October is 80 degrees with an average low temperature of 65 degrees. 

What is the cancellation policy?

  • No refunds will be issued without a written request.
  • A 50 percent refund is available until October 5, 2015.
  • No refunds will be given after October 5, 2015.
  • Refunds will be processed after the conference.
  • Substitutions may be made before October 12, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact Bridget Brooks or at 703.707.6000 x108.

Do you offer any comp registrations?

No. At this time, we are unable to offer complimentary registrations to anyone. This policy is based on a firm commitment to equity and fairness.