The HITF students, however, take Introduction to Education the first semester, integrated with the introductory Honors Seminar and Honors Composition.
However, the HITF learning communities are considerably more involved.
The HITF learning communities are designed to fulfill the following purposes:
A lot is expected of HITF students; having a solid base of friends as well as fellow students who are going through the same experience is important for support and self-fulfillment.
Since one of the goals of the HITF program is to promote greater engagement with the world at large, these field trips help to begin that process at the regional level.
During this semester HITF students also begin a program of mentoring and tutoring in a local school.
* Finances: Our hope was to offer the HITF opportunity to all qualified students regardless of economic status.
Despite his enthusiasm for the HITF programme, however, Wilkinson knows that no reform of medical technology uptake in the NHS can succeed without the support of doctors and nurses, who will be its end users.
For HITF to bring decisive impetus to the UK's medical technology sector, however, it will have to reach beyond the big multinationals and make an impact on the growing number of SMEs operating in the area.
Diana Hodgins, managing director of European Technology for Business (ETB), a developer of advanced engineering systems for the medical sector, said of the HITF agenda: 'The intention is right and the words sound good, and we should be positive.
Hodgins said that HITF at least represents a statement of intent that medical technology SMEs can use to fight their case when presenting innovations to healthcare buyers.
Either via HITF or the efforts of SME innovators to push their case, the UK's medical technology sector is determined to raise its profile.