Career prospects are top-notch for graduate students, and internships are essential to connect them with industry opportunities.
Biomedical engineering students at the University of Calgary recently began participating in the MedTech Talent Accelerator program, which bridges the gap between post-secondary education and the workplace by helping students obtain internships related to their research studies. The program initially began with McGill and Toronto Metropolitan Universities, with U of Calgary being the first to join in a national expansion that began two years earlier. The program now also includes the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia and Dalhousie University.
To apply, eligible graduate students must have completed all of their coursework requirements and coursework, and be in the writing phase of their thesis by the appropriate dates outlined by Experience MedTech. From there, they take online modules to prepare them for industry positions and must be ready to accept interviews and internships offered by medtech company partners for a period of four to eight months.
“We take pride in providing opportunities for students to gain industry experience,” says Dr. Michael Kallos, BSc (Engg)’95, PhD’99, Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Schulich School of Engineering. have joined the program on a pilot basis. “This program is a unique experience for our students that also allows them to develop their personal networks with industry partners.”
engagement and influence
Members of the program’s first UCalgary cohort say the experience and expertise they had access to will undoubtedly change the trajectory of their careers.
Master of Science candidate Youssef Beauferis, BSc (Eng) ’21, and graduate Jake Lorre-Spacek, MSc ’21, both from Helpwear Inc. A company that develops wearable heart-monitoring systems for the prevention and better treatment of heart attacks. related diseases.
“My experience with the MedTech program has been very positive,” says Beauferis. “This enabled me to gain my first professional experience in the Biomedical Technology industry. Arguably, the opportunity that MedTech has given me was one of the career defining opportunities.
Similar sentiments are echoed by Lowry-Spacek.
“I got the impression that the people running the MedTech program are very familiar with (and very well connected to) the Canadian MedTech innovation industry,” he says. “The accelerator program did an excellent job of matching me up with companies for interviews. I have done a job search independently before and after, and the ‘fit’ I found with my current employer (Helpwear Inc.) He is better than I can imagine.
Both say the hands-on experience gained in UCalgary’s biomedical engineering graduate program helped prepare them for the opportunity to learn in this field.
“I would point to three major things that my studies at U of Calgary helped inculcate: time management skills; Ability to critically engage with and provide feedback on teammates’ projects; and the ability to rapidly and effectively gather knowledge on an existing scientific field,” says Laurie-Spacek.
Looking to the future, Beauferis says, “I plan to continue my career with Helpwear beyond the duration of my current internship.”