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What career in biomedical engineering can you work with patients?

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Ashford’s Answer

Biomedical Engineering is a major in which you spend time learning about how the body works and how medical devices work in relation to the body. So with most of the job opportunities, the end product is always aimed to help patients. That being said, you could work in research and development positions, clinical patient evaluations, field servicing, design, testing, etc. Each of these positions allow you to work with patients in different ways.
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De-BestBlessing’s Answer

Rehabilitation engineering or Telemedicine
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Pedro’s Answer

A career in Biomedical Engineering tends to be more around medical staff and/or medical devices/equipment as opposed to direct communication with patients. As a Biomedical Engineer you may not have a direct communication channel with patients but depending on the path within Biomedical Engineering that you go with you can have more or less of that.

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Luciano’s Answer

Biomedical Engineering is the part of engineering focused on the design, development, research and conception of materials and equipment used in treatments, therapies and diagnoses.
It is up to this area of ​​knowledge to carry out the design, development, testing, assembly and maintenance of materials and devices that meet the demands of the health system.
In this sense, during development, part of the final process involves testing on patients.
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Sophie’s Answer

Dear,

Biomedical engineering encompasses many aspects of health technology for use by care givers and ultimately for patients.
You may choose the path of clinical engineering which will bring you to work within a hospital or clinic; you will be working with health care professionals and not directly with patients nevertheless you will be much more exposed to the patient’s reality as opposed to working in the health technology industry (at least that is my personal experience).
Another thought is that patient centered medicine is at our door and patient involvement in health technology development and clinical trials is more and more a reality; that is another path to be working with patient directly.
Finally, I believe there will be more and more development of different aids for disabled or injured patients such as sophisticated leg/arms prosthesis or even exoskeleton that needs a very close collaboration between industry, researcher and patients themselves.
I think this is great that you are thinking of the patient!
Best of luck
Sophie
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