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    I'm looking to apply for Medical Engineering/Bioengineering in 2017 and I was wondering if it was worth asking hospitals for volunteer work or placements with their engineering departments? I know that potential medicine students can tend to find placements with hospitals but I wasn't sure if it was possible with medical engineering.
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    Hello Saira, I work as an engineer in a hospital and happened to come across your question. You certainly wouldn't lose anything by doing volunteer work or a placement, although I wouldn't get my hopes up about getting anything very long - people in hospitals are generally very happy to show you whatthey do, but also very busy. You could also try contacting a couple of medical engineering companies and see if they had anything, as hospitals aren't the only place to work with a degree like that!

    Either way, it's difficult to get experience even if you're offering work for free (medical devices & hospitals are very tightly regulated and it can be difficult to get security clearance) BUT definitely worth trying! :-) universities won't mind if you don't have hospital experience, but it's great experience for you and your development if you can get it. Best of luck, it's a brilliant career to get into and I highly recommend it!
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    (Original post by Saira_98)
    I'm looking to apply for Medical Engineering/Bioengineering in 2017 and I was wondering if it was worth asking hospitals for volunteer work or placements with their engineering departments? I know that potential medicine students can tend to find placements with hospitals but I wasn't sure if it was possible with medical engineering.
    My partner works for a big company who specialises in implants and various bone replacements etc such as hips, patellas etc.
    Such a company would be better than a hospital but as the previous poster mentioned, it can be hard getting clearance as all companies etc are very tightly regulated and controlled in regards to privacy etc.
    You can only try, but it may be difficult for you due to others also wanting such placements as well as time constraints etc within such a setting.
    Best of luck.

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    (Original post by deviant182)
    My partner works for a big company who specialises in implants and various bone replacements etc such as hips, patellas etc.
    Such a company would be better than a hospital but as the previous poster mentioned, it can be hard getting clearance as all companies etc are very tightly regulated and controlled in regards to privacy etc.
    You can only try, but it may be difficult for you due to others also wanting such placements as well as time constraints etc within such a setting.
    Best of luck.

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    (Original post by Blablabllaa)
    Hello Saira, I work as an engineer in a hospital and happened to come across your question. You certainly wouldn't lose anything by doing volunteer work or a placement, although I wouldn't get my hopes up about getting anything very long - people in hospitals are generally very happy to show you whatthey do, but also very busy. You could also try contacting a couple of medical engineering companies and see if they had anything, as hospitals aren't the only place to work with a degree like that!

    Either way, it's difficult to get experience even if you're offering work for free (medical devices & hospitals are very tightly regulated and it can be difficult to get security clearance) BUT definitely worth trying! :-) universities won't mind if you don't have hospital experience, but it's great experience for you and your development if you can get it. Best of luck, it's a brilliant career to get into and I highly recommend it!
    Thank you both! I've found the numbers for the two hospitals that are closest to me so I'm going to give them a ring and see how it goes but I'll definitely have a look at some companies that are around my area as well and see if I can get any placement there
 
 
 
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