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How do I get to shadow a Biomedical Engineer

I was looking to find out how to shadow a biomedical engineer. I did my undergraduate in neuroscience and had the intention of going to graduate school for biomedical engineering. I was hoping to see what there work life was like before going. I've looked into societies like BMES, but no luck. Where would I go to get an opportunity?

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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Mae:

Biomedical engineers work in teams with scientists, healthcare workers, or other engineers. Where and how they work depends on the project. For example, a biomedical engineer who has developed a new device designed to help a person with a disability to walk again might have to spend hours in a hospital to determine whether the device works as planned. If the engineer finds a way to improve the device, he or she might have to return to the manufacturer to help alter the manufacturing process to improve the design.

Check with your local community hospital to see if they have any volunteer opportunities for shadowing. Here's a link on what Biomedical Engineers do that you may find useful:

In addition, here are some medical research institutions you could check with: Stanford, Johns-Hopkins, UCSF, UCLA, Texas Heart Institute, Mayo Clinic (both Minnesota and Arizona):

I wish you well with your shadowing. Best of luck to you!

~ Sheila

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Breanna’s Answer

Being I got my degree in biomedical engineering, I would say that more often you will find that people who got degrees in biomedical engineering do not work as biomedical engineers, they will end up in roles at medical device manufacturing companys as Quality engineers, Mechanical/Manufacturing engineers, Sustaining engineer, process development engineer, design assurance engineer, etc.

I would look into different roles that would utilize a biomedical engineering degree. There are many jobs/roles out there that can be applicable to a biomedical engineering degree, most medical device company engineering roles can be good fits for someone with this degree.

Hope this helps!