Biomedical engineering is a discipline that advances knowledge in engineering, biology and medicine, and improves human health through cross-disciplinary activities that integrate engineering sciences with biomedical sciences and clinical practice (visit www.bmenet.org/BMEnet for more information). By combining biology and medicine with engineering, biomedical engineers (prosthetist and orthotist) develop medical devices and technologies that solve medical and health-related problems.
Biomedical engineering is on a spectacular fast-track development path around the world. It encompasses both engineering principles and human life science with the aim of advancing and developing knowledge in bioinstrumentation, biomaterials, medical devices and bioinformatics for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, for patient rehabilitation and to improve health. As the geriatric population in Hong Kong and around the world will increase steadily in the coming decades, there will be a high level of demand for biomedical engineers (prosthetist and orthotist). In 2004, the HKSAR government officially established a Medical Device Control Office under the Department of Health (www.mdco.gov.hk) to raise public awareness about the safe use of medical devices and enable traders to familiarize themselves with future mandatory requirements.
In addition to building upon foundation knowledge through classes on campus, students also obtain at least 630 hours of action learning through clinical attachments. These attachments offer a good opportunity for students to put what they have learned into practice and accumulate work experiences for their future career. Attachments take place in hospitals and some of our students can have overseas placements in Australia, Canada, Chinese Mainland, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States.
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