14. Costs to study Biomedical Engineering:
Now the problem arises how much it cost to study Biomedical Engineering. In Nepal, it cost a total of NRs. 5,50,000.00 for all four-year course whereas in India you must pay a total of NRs. 16,00,000.00 to college and other were spent for clothing, flooding, and lodging.
15. Roles of Biomedical Engineers in society
As we get the conclusion that the Biomedical Engineering is a vast term so to be an effective Biomedical engineer, the student must have versatile knowledge in many fields such as physics, mechanical, computer and electronics, mathematics, clerical, design, and engineering science and technology. A renown Biomedical Engineer can get a chance to work with the team. A team with other Engineers or with manufacturing Professor or researcher, Biomedical engineers create the new innovation to society in the medical field that saves the life and makes patients feel safer and more comfortable. Those Biomedical Engineers who are graduated are in research, chemist, assisting life scientists and other scientists to develop and evaluate medical system and products. Some renown research units include Brunel Institute for Bioengineering (BIB) and Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME).
As Biomedical is a versatile subject, biomedical engineers have versatile roles. They can work at health charities, medical equipment manufacturing company, or hospital trusts. They even work as a medical physicist, electrical engineer, electronics engineer, clinical research associate, audiological scientist, material science, biomedical scientist, research scientist. As there is a thought that medicine and engineers are like the same pole of a magnet. They will never be apart. To bridge the gap between medicine and engineering, a sophisticated level of scientific and technical knowledge is required for bioengineers. Graduation in Bioengineering is a sure job but job titles can vary which depends on the exact nature of the work and typically depends on where we are going to work. Biomedical engineers are able to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of biomedical equipment.
They can also deal with the efficiency of an equipment, installment, and maintenance or to repair the medical equipment. An engineer can advise hospital administrators on the acquisition, planning, and use of medical equipment. Biomedical engineers can also assist and advise in the application of instrument in a clinical environment. They can also research other new materials that can be used for products such as implanted artificial organs; designing and developing medical diagnostic and clinical instrumentation, develop models or computers simulations of human biobehavioral system that helps to take data for measuring or controlling life processes, design and develop equipment and procedures by using the principle of engineering and bio behavioral science.
Besides these, the Biomedical engineers conduct research in the Calabrian with a medical scientist, chemist and life scientist on engineering aspects of the biological system of human and animals. They can teach biomedical engineering or can spread out the knowledge about this field through writing or consulting and can design new society innovative technology to assist people with disabilities. As we can say a bachelor’s degree is the first step for engineering. Most of the careers want to have a degree as an entry level of requirement. The only college of Nepal which is providing the education for Biomedical is College of Biomedical and Applied science. It is providing this service since 2005.
As biomedical science does not have provisions for research, each graduate must work either in hospitals as a maintenance staff or in a medical device supplying company as a medical device sales officer. However, the globalized world leads every graduate to go abroad and involve in research activities. After graduation, students can join in some of the related fields such as master in biomedical engineering, tissue engineering, molecular and cellular engineering, drug regulation and drug delivery system, rehabilitation engineering, intracellular physiological control mechanism, plasma engineering and so on. Most of the engineers go to join the MBA degree as a marketing team which is very important for the uplift of the devices. These types of skilled manpower are necessary who help in advertising the biomedical products and who have a proper knowledge on the working, manufacturing, and repairing of such products.
As Biomedical Engineering is a new concept, the demand for this course is increasing day by day in Nepal. The numbers of hospitals and clinics are establishing in Nepal, then the need of installment and maintenance of the equipment is necessary. So demand for biomedical engineers is increasing day by day. The advancement of the medical field is in a rapid way all over the world so Nepal is also on its way to improve its medical industries.
Biomedical engineering is now emerging as a very important course as it has the potential to unlock a door to a better and successive world. Integration of biomedical engineering in addition to medical research and education, it has been possible to create some creative innovations that are some obvious factors to uplift the quality and standard of life. This is the reason that it is swiftly emerging all over Nepal as well as the world. Yet this course is not being highly introduced in Nepal. Advancement of Biomedical engineering needs a government of Nepal to implement a policy and declare a rule to have at least a biomedical engineer in every hospitals and clinic.
Those students who are interested in the field of medical terminology, electronics, and biomedical instrumentation and who want to work in hospitals, independent service organizations or original equipment manufacturers they can apply to Biomedical engineering which is great to those.
Hence Biomedical engineering is one of the exciting as well as the rapidly growing field. Moreover, it ranks on the top demanding course both nationally as well as internationally. No medical treatment can be possible without Biomedical engineering as doctors need biomedical devices to diagnose and treat the patients. And it is only the biomedical engineers to manufacture such medical devices. It clears the need of biomedical engineer and proves that the biomedical engineering is compulsory to sustain mankind and quality of life.
As it is already mentioned that the biomedical engineering includes various aspects. Some of the pursuits of this course consist research in innovative devices for implantation of artificial organs.it is necessary to discover and improve some medical devices to transfer some organs like kidney, eyes, heart etc.
It is also needed to develop a modern diagnostic device for blood analysis. Biomedical engineering has innovated human heart modeling computers which control the functions of human heart artificially. It has also developed written software to conclude the research in medical field. It’s one of the major aspects includes analysis of the hazardous effects of medical devices and the measures for safety and efficiency which is very necessary to be implemented. moreover, its new achievement is regarded as the advancement of some new diagnostic imaging systems. Biomedical engineers are needed to design telemetry system for monitoring of patients also.
Human physiology has been benefited by biomedical engineers with the development of biomedical sensors to measure human physiologic variables.it has developed some expert methods of diagnosis of diseases as well as a designed closed loop control system for drug administration. Not only that, there has been dramatical changes in the field of sports medicine and dental treatment just because of the biomedical engineering. Communication aids for the handicrafts like hearing device for the deaf, advancement of commutating systems and upliftment of their living standard is possible due to biomedical engineering. Study of the biomechanics of human body and pulmonary fluid dynamics is also an important aspect of this course. It has developed some materials to be used as in the replacement for human skin during skin transplantation.
This biomedical engineering is an interdisciplinary branch of engineering which consists of theoretical, nonexperimental, and undertakings to state of art applications. It is a course which holds research, its development, and implementation followed by its operation. Like the medical practice, it is sure that no a person seems to have been an expert in the entire field of biomedical engineering. Yet, there is interplay and overlapping of interests and efforts just because of the interdisciplinary nature of those activities. For an instant, some biomedical engineers who are interested in the development of biosensors might have interacted with some of the engineers who are interested in prosthetic devices to develop a single means to detect and may use the same bioelectric signal to power the device. Similarly, those engaged clinical chemistry laboratory also may collaborate with those developing expert systems to help the clinics in decision making based on the specific data of laboratory. These mentioned possibilities tend to be endless.
Author: Amrit Chapagain