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Bioengineering PhD & Clinical Research

PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 6:26 pm
by MNess
In a few months, I will be graduating with my MS in bioengineering. I've recently been struggling with the decision as to whether or not I should stay on for my PhD. My goal is to land a clinical research position within the medical device industry. I realize the MS vs. PhD debate is one that comes up quite a bit, but I am looking for input specifically pertaining to somebody with a bioengineering degree looking to become a clinical researcher in the medical device field. As the job market currently stands, would a PhD help or hinder my job prospects in this area? Any advice would be much appreciated.

Bioengineering PhD & Clinical Research

PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2005 8:17 pm
by Dave Jensen
Hello MNess!

I'm in need of more information, and it may help you focus and get better posts from others with some advice.

How do you see an MS in Bioengineering fitting in with Clinical Research? BioEngineering is such a mystery degree -- you'll need to tell us more about the content of your studies. Most importantly, what EXACT kind of job in the big world of clinical research would you like to take a shot at?

Dave

Bioengineering PhD & Clinical Research

PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2005 12:13 pm
by MNess
The bioengineering program I'm in focuses a great deal on device design, covering topics such as cell/material interactions, polymers, histology, biomechanics, etc. I realize that the bioengineering field is very broad and perhaps not well-defined in some ways. Do you feel that a bioengineering degree may actually be looked down upon by some employers?

In terms of my clinical research goals, I'd very much like to eventually end up in a clinical research coordinator or director type of position for a device company. Essentially, I'd like to be able to apply my technical knowledge and my desire to conduct research, to a position that enables me to interact with people in a clinical setting.