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Hi guys, I’ll try to make this as short as possible.

I did biology at ALevel and thoroughly enjoyed human biology, especially cardiology and immunology. My aim was to do Medicine at University and then specialise in either Cardiology or Immunology, however upon doing work experience (shadowing a Cardiologist), i found what doctors do on a day to day basis not quite my thing. Maybe it was due to the type of Doctors I shadowed, but their tasks were quite boring to me, the doctors basically assessed a patient and tried to come up with a diagnosis, and a lot of their time was taken up doing paperwork and filling out patient history. So even though I had such a strong interest in medicine, I couldn't quite see myself practising in the above way.

So I decided to do computer science, and I'm currently in my penultimate year doing a Computer Science degree. However i’m way more interested in medicine/human biology, specifically cardiology and immunology.e.g. If i read something in the news about a specific heart condition i didn't know about, i’d carry out indepth research to find out exactly what the condition was and its causes etc, because that type of thing genuinely interests me, however if i was to read a news article about a new programming language or something to do with coding/computer science, that stuff almost bores me.

So I was wondering whether there was a way to combine my computer science degree with my passion for cardiology/immunology (basically work within the cardiology/immunology field without having to get a medical degree). I’ve already done a ton of research and found a lot, such as using data science and machine learning to analyse medical data, medical imaging/computer vision, bioinformatics etc. But I couldn't find any specific job titles. Is anyone able to help? Any type of info no matter how small would be greatly appreciated, and any career information. I’m finding it so hard to study for my course due to a lack of interest and motivation, but if i had an end goal of what i wanted to be at the end of this (something that genuinely excites and interests me) it’ll make working hard for my course a lot easier, as i’d have a dream i’d be pursuing.
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Reply 2
Original post by BadBComeToTheNiz
Hi guys, I’ll try to make this as short as possible.

I did biology at ALevel and thoroughly enjoyed human biology, especially cardiology and immunology. My aim was to do Medicine at University and then specialise in either Cardiology or Immunology, however upon doing work experience (shadowing a Cardiologist), i found what doctors do on a day to day basis not quite my thing. Maybe it was due to the type of Doctors I shadowed, but their tasks were quite boring to me, the doctors basically assessed a patient and tried to come up with a diagnosis, and a lot of their time was taken up doing paperwork and filling out patient history. So even though I had such a strong interest in medicine, I couldn't quite see myself practising in the above way.

So I decided to do computer science, and I'm currently in my penultimate year doing a Computer Science degree. However i’m way more interested in medicine/human biology, specifically cardiology and immunology.e.g. If i read something in the news about a specific heart condition i didn't know about, i’d carry out indepth research to find out exactly what the condition was and its causes etc, because that type of thing genuinely interests me, however if i was to read a news article about a new programming language or something to do with coding/computer science, that stuff almost bores me.

So I was wondering whether there was a way to combine my computer science degree with my passion for cardiology/immunology (basically work within the cardiology/immunology field without having to get a medical degree). I’ve already done a ton of research and found a lot, such as using data science and machine learning to analyse medical data, medical imaging/computer vision, bioinformatics etc. But I couldn't find any specific job titles. Is anyone able to help? Any type of info no matter how small would be greatly appreciated, and any career information. I’m finding it so hard to study for my course due to a lack of interest and motivation, but if i had an end goal of what i wanted to be at the end of this (something that genuinely excites and interests me) it’ll make working hard for my course a lot easier, as i’d have a dream i’d be pursuing.

I work in R&D healthcare, mostly orthopaedics, so things like skeletal reconstruction and robotic assisted surgery.

I’ve always felt Bioengineers, medical engineers, software engineers, and biomechanical engineers are the architects, doctors and surgeons are more like builders and maintenance.
We design the instrumentation and implants and write the surgical procedures. The same goes for pharmaceuticals.
Original post by Chris2892
I work in R&D healthcare, mostly orthopaedics, so things like skeletal reconstruction and robotic assisted surgery.

I’ve always felt Bioengineers, medical engineers, software engineers, and biomechanical engineers are the architects, doctors and surgeons are more like builders and maintenance.
We design the instrumentation and implants and write the surgical procedures. The same goes for pharmaceuticals.

Hi, thanks for your answer! What did you do to get into that career path? Did you do Computer Science at Universit? What did you do after? And was there an extra course you had to do? Sorry for the questions, i'm just really intrested.
Reply 4
Original post by BadBComeToTheNiz
Hi, thanks for your answer! What did you do to get into that career path? Did you do Computer Science at Universit? What did you do after? And was there an extra course you had to do? Sorry for the questions, i'm just really intrested.

I did a degree apprenticeship and they had me study mechanical engineering. Though, my chosen projects were medical engineering and bioengineering focussed. So I can’t advise on software/computer career paths other than you would benefit from focussing your chosen placement/projects/modules on healthcare related stuff.

Maybe speak to lecturers in medical engineering and/or science and see if there’s any novel research you could collaborate on, research that uses your current degree. They might even sponsor you to submit an abstract to a conference.
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Reply 5
You should do a PhD with a professor who does a similar research project before hitting the job market. The multi-disciplinary market is too niche for a BA grad, you really want some academic credentials to back you up and increase your market value.
A lot of Biology grads went on to do a Computer Science conversion Masters to prepare themselves for a PhD in comp biology, I think you are in a better position than them.

If I may play devil's advocate, you seemed to be the type that thinks the grass is greener on the other hill and have set up a 'fantasy' where your hobby becomes your work and you think you will enjoy it. Most people eventually come across a rude awakening. Nothing against you, I was the same animal, we all go through this phase before we compromise.

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