The second major focus of the center is cross-disciplinary education. Global society and business are increasingly knowledge-based. Cross-fertilization between multiple scientific and professional disciplines continue to be the engine of technological innovation and advancement. The sustained and growing enthusiasm we have seen over the past seven years for the University of Michigan Program for Injury Research and Education (UMPIRE) fellowship to train automotive engineers in anatomy, medical science, and injury care clearly demonstrates the potential for expanded cross-training of engineers in the medical sciences. The education provided by the center is quickly available for new vehicle design by medically trained engineers, translating into safer vehicles.

Similarly, our development of a Congressional funded EMS training program for advanced automatic crash notification (AACN) demonstrates the wide-based public support for cross-disciplinary education. Furthermore, tremendous advances in educational technologies and multimedia enable widespread dissemination for maximal educational impact. Our website is just one example of the power of this cross-disciplinary education in the understanding of automotive medicine.