Career Options for Biomedical Research

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Details of dislocation emission in molecular dynamics simulation of a metal thin film under nanoindentation. For clarity only the "defective" atoms are displayed, each is color coded according to the number of its neighbors. (Most of the atoms in the simulation are essentially not perturbed by the indentation and therefore not shown.) (Image courtesy of Ju Li. Used with permission.)


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This course has been designed as a seminar to give students an understanding of how scientists with medical or scientific degrees conduct research in both hospital and academic settings. There will be interactive discussions with research clinicians and scientists about the career opportunities and research challenges in the biomedical field, which an MIT student might prepare for by obtaining an MD, PhD, or combined degrees. The seminar will be held in a case presentation format, with topics chosen from the radiological sciences, including current research in magnetic resonance imaging, positron emission tomography and other nuclear imaging techniques, and advances in radiation therapy. With the lectures as background, we will also examine alternative and related options such as biomedical engineering, medical physics, and medical engineering. We'll use as examples and points of comparisons the curriculum paths available through MIT's Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering. In past years we have given very modest assignments such as readings in advance of or after a seminar, and a short term project.

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Bruce Rosen, Sidney Yip, and Xin He. 22.A09 Career Options for Biomedical Research. Fall 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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