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How do I most effectively help people in my career?

As a biomedical engineer, I want to adequately develop prosthetic organs to make patients live the best quality of life possible. However, this is a very subjective issue. Therefore, I would like insight on how to reassure myself I am helping people for the better, and that engineers are able to make a difference. #engineering #medicine #stem #women-in-stem #representing-women #making-a-difference

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Tricha’s Answer

Engineers play a critical role in improving the lives of many people through the improvement or new development of life saving technology. As a Medical Device professional, I believe it is important to stay connected to the patients you serve. Find a way to hear the stories from those who have benefited from the technology you have worked on.
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Hello Mackenzie,
Very noble thought indeed! Since I am a veteran and thus I know the pains of being crippled, myself once diagnosed as a case of "Ankylosing Spondylitis" which is more or less incurable as per the modern medicine science goes, although not lost any of the limbs or legs. You can make out yourself that what a psychological trauma that an able bodied soldier(men/women) undergo when they find themselves in a condition wherein he/she needs help because of lost leg/limb. It is very difficult to accept the situation 'as they are' and feel terrible when they face the real world after having lost an arm or leg and boarded out of service. Although nation and families do their bit but the loss is irreversible and permanent.

In my view, nothing could be more satisfying to see a man/woman walk again with smile on his/her feet. It is actually exhilarating experience to see some of the veterans return to the tracks as marathon blade runners like one Major(s) Navdeep Singh and DP Singh in India (you can see Maj DP Singh on FB-
https://www.facebook.com/MajorDPSingh/). There are many such soldiers in your country too.
So my advice would be : make an effort to be one of the best Prosthetics professional in the world. Please do visit Military Hospitals in USA which is specialized for this kind of work. Take apprenticeship with them if possible, while you are on studies. I can name the only center in India is Military Hospital, Khadki, Pune, India which does an yeoman's job and highly regarded for their work. They also promote people to come for help but I don't know whether they allow a foreign national to visit them for learning. Just to remind you that India and US are the most affected nations in the world whose military is badly embroiled in conflicts and thus number of patients they receive are pretty high.
All the very best in your philanthropic endeavor.
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