Clinical Engineering

  • Jennifer McGill
Part of the Series in Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMENG)

Remember those career aptitude tests in high school? Well, they may not be as useless as they seem, as that was how I first thought of exploring the field of engineering when I was a junior in high school, and subsequently attended an information session on clinical engineering. I met a Clinical Engineer (CE) who worked at the Toronto General Hospital, one of the largest hospitals in Canada, and I became fascinated with the concept of helping hospitals manage their medical technology. I feel that I was lucky to have come across this somewhat obscure field within bioengineering before applying to university. It helped me to decide between becoming a doctor and becoming an engineer, and ultimately has led to a very fulfilling career.

What is Clinical Engineering?

The short definition from the American College of Clinical Engineering (ACCE) is as follows: “A Clinical Engineer is a professional who supports and advances patient care by applying engineering and managerial skills to...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer McGill
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  1. 1.ECRI Institute (Health Devices) and American College of Clinical EngineeringPlymouth MeetingUSA

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