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How to Become a Biomedical Research Scientist/Engineer

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Biomedical engineering (BME) is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to medicine and biology for healthcare purposes (for example, diagnostic or therapeutic). This field seeks to close the gap between engineering and medicine: It combines the design and problem solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to advance health care treatment, including diagnosis, monitoring, and therapy.


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    Get the right qualifications. Biomedical engineers require considerable knowledge of both engineering and biology. Typically, you'll need to obtain a Master's (M.S.,M.Tech, M.S.E., or M.Eng.) or a Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in BME (Biomedical Engineering).
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    Choose a sub-field of interest. Much of the work in biomedical engineering consists of research and development, spanning a broad array of sub-fields. These fields include such areas as: a) Medical Devices b) Clinical Engineering c) Pharmaceutical Engineering d) Genetic Engineering e) Tissue Engineering and f) Neural Engineering.
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    Consider becoming a multi-specialist. Multi-speciality Hospitals and Diagnostic Clinics all require specialist biomedical engineers for maintenance and handling of specialised equipment used.
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    Get sufficient practical knowledge. An efficient biomedical engineer should have thorough practical based knowledge with an interdisciplinary background in human anatomy, physiology, engineering and technology.
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    Choose a suitable university to be educated at. Universities providing the best programs in this field include: Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the University of Sheffield, ETH Zurich, Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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