Insight into Biomedicine
Biomedicine. What is it exactly? Is it similar to medicine or biotechnology? Or is it something totally different? How do the classes look like? Is it worth applying to? And most importantly, where can you find work after graduation?
I know that there are many questions that need answering about this field of study. Since Biomedicine at the Medical University of Lublin is the first in Poland there is not much information about it. As a student of the 1st year to graduate not only from Bachelor’s but also Master’s degree, I would like to give you an insight into what Biomedicine is.
The decision to pick the right discipline to study sometimes is difficult. Is Biomedicine for you then? Let’s see. Maybe you feel like you want to help other people somehow but you think that becoming a medical doctor isn’t your thing. You might enjoy learning about biological processes in humans and discovering how their perturbations lead to various pathologies. You enjoy solving complex problems and you are not discouraged by some failures and you are not afraid to start again from the beginning. Last but not least, you feel that you could be one of those scientists which discoveries change the world. If you think that those sentences above are about you then you should definitely apply for Biomedicine at Medical University of Lublin.
Biomedicine is something that combines some of the knowledge and skills acquired at medicine and biotechnology studies but it’s also something a bit more than the sum of them. Biomedicine course programs include some medical classes, such as Immunooncology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Mechanisms of Disease Pathogenesis. Similarities between Biomedicine and biotechnology are that on both the basics of molecular biology are taught and that there are many hours of laboratory practice. Biomedicine is unique because during classes you not only learn theoretical foundations of human physiological and pathological processes, you see how it works in practice for example during Embryology or Pathomorphology classes. The program is formed in a way so you learn about the molecular basis of disease formation and, based on all the knowledge you gain during the studies, find the best way to improve patient’s condition or even try to cure him.
During the studies you can also go abroad for an internship from the ERASMUS+ programme. From my experience I can tell you that it’s worth going, as it not only improves your laboratory skills and gives insight into working in highly professional and interdisciplinary laboratory but it can also assure you that being a scientist is exactly what you want to do. You can also find a place for traineeship on your own in a laboratory in Europe or elsewhere.
How about a job after graduation? Let me tell you a little bit about my year. Among 12 students who graduated from Bachelor’s degree, 8 of us decided to continue our journey at the Medical University of Lublin at Master’s degree, 2 went to work in biopharmaceutical company (AstraZeneca), 1 went to continue her studies for medicine and 1 went to Belgium to study Master’s at KU Leuven. We just graduated from the Master’s and 5 of us already have a job in biopharmaceutical companies (AstraZeneca, Covance, KO-MED and MSD) and the rest applied for a PhD position in Poland and abroad.
In my perspective. With the excellent track record and good skills in spoken and written English you can apply for a PhD program in Poland or abroad. There are plenty of programs so I’m sure that you’ll find something for yourself. You can continue a career in science. After receiving a doctoral degree you also have a chance of working at the University as a lecturer/scientist. During Biomedicine you also study Bioinformatics and Statistics and you might find these as something precisely for you to follow as a career later on. Moreover, one of the Biomedicine courses is Clinical Trial Methodology. Some of my colleagues found this field very interesting and started working as coordinators or monitors of clinical trials in biopharmaceutical companies. As you can see there is many possibilities after graduation from Biomedicine.
Biomedicine is one of the most exciting studies you can possibly choose, trust me, I’ve been there!
Choose wisely and good luck!