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My Journey to Clinical Engineering: A Tale of Passion and Persistence

The Spark of Inspiration

The seed of my career was planted by my mother, who emphasized the value of a profession that could significantly impact humanity. This guiding principle led me to a serendipitous discovery on Google: Biomedical Engineering (BME). From my early fascination with medical equipment during hospital visits, BME instantly resonated with me, merging my curiosity with a noble purpose.

Academic Endeavors and Challenges

My journey continued at Near East University in Northern Cyprus, where I enrolled in the Biomedical Engineering program. This phase was anything but easy, filled with daunting courses such as linear algebra, medical English, biomedical instrumentation, and more. The path was rigorous, marked by endless nights of study and a fierce determination to succeed, all while navigating the complexities of advanced engineering and medical sciences.

Transitioning to Professional Life

After completing my master's degree, thanks to a scholarship and unwavering parental support, I faced the challenge of entering the clinical engineering field. My initial role as a biomedical sales engineer in Abuja, Nigeria, though not directly in clinical engineering, provided me with invaluable experiences. It exposed me to a vast array of medical equipment and the realities of the healthcare industry, laying a solid foundation for my future career.

Lois and a team member servicing a stretcher on an ambulance.

Deepening My Expertise

Eager to expand my knowledge, I embarked on a transformative three-month internship with a veteran Biomedical Engineer. This hands-on experience was crucial, teaching me about equipment management, the importance of teamwork, and how to handle the pressures of the job. It was during this time that I solidified my commitment to clinical engineering.

Embracing the Role of Clinical Engineer

My journey led me to Evercare Hospital Lekki, where I took on the role of a clinical engineer. Despite facing daily challenges like spare part shortages and budget constraints, my dedication to ensuring the optimal functioning of medical equipment never wavered. The satisfaction of contributing to patient care and safety, knowing that my work plays a role in saving lives, is profoundly fulfilling.

Reflections and Anticipations

Looking back on my journey to becoming a clinical engineer, I am filled with gratitude for the lessons learned, the challenges overcome, and the people who have guided and supported me. The field of Biomedical Engineering is not just a career but a calling that continues to inspire and motivate me. As I look forward to the future, I am excited about the opportunities for growth, learning, and making a difference in the lives of others through my work in this dynamic and impactful field.

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