biomedical engineering prospects and careerA biomedical engineer can find placements in hospitals, medical companies and research and development verticals of related industries Mayank Bhardwaj, working with Lifeguard Medicals




Biomedical engineering is the study and application of engineering principles and techniques to the medical field. It is concerned with the development and manufacture of prostheses, medical devices, diagnostic devices, drugs and other therapies. This field encompasses bio-instrumentation, biomaterials, bio-mechanics, medical imaging, genetic engineering, cellular and tissue engineering. Biomedical engineers have to be experts in engineering, biological and medical sciences. They can also design and develop devices and systems ranging from cardiac monitors to clinical computers


CLOCKWORK -
9am: Report for work
9.30am: Check MRI scanner for glitches
10.30am: Call manufacturer to discuss the problem
11am: Hospital rounds
1pm: Lunch
1.30pm: Discuss MRI scanner problem with the technician sent by manufacturer
3.30pm: Meeting senior doctors to discuss new equipment
4pm: Visit factory on the city outskirts to check new equipment
8pm: Leave for home


THE PAYOFF
The salary structure depends on the designation, in general, a biomedical engineer's annual income ranges from R2 lakh to R2.5 lakh a year. Promotions depend on your experience, skill and quality, and capability to manage assets


SKILLS/TRAITS
Good diagnostic and analytical skills Patience and good public relations skills to cater to customer needs (both internal and external)


GETTING THERE
After completing Class 12 in the science stream, couple it up with BE in biomedical engineering, or do a BE in any branch of engineering and do a PG course in biomedical engineering. Alternatively, one can go in for a PG course in medical technology, which is considered equivalent to a PG course in biomedical engineering. One could also take it up after an MBBS degree coupling it with a PG degree in biomedical engineering/ and medical technology


INSTITUTES AND URLS
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi www.aiims.ac.in
Jadavpur University, Kolkata www.jadavpur.edu
Panjab University, Chandigarh www.puchd.ac.in


PROS AND CONS
It is interesting to apply principles of engineering and medical sciences Works with path breaking technology
Some health hazards attached