Department of Engineering Science

Mohit Bajaj

Bachelor of Engineering (BE) in Biomedical Engineering (BME) Class of 2008

Photograph of Mohit Bajaj

Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery student (2011)
University of Queensland (Australia)

At the end of my first year of undergraduate studies, I was at a crossroads between continuing with my science degree or switching across to Engineering. I decided on the latter and was lucky enough to gain direct entry into Part II of the Biomedical Engineering programme via the Accelerated Pathway scheme.

The next three years were incredibly enjoyable and challenging - the ability to apply engineering concepts to solve medical problems appealed to all my academic interests and strengths. The degree also enabled me to travel far and wide - I spent six months studying in San Diego (California) on an exchange programme and also completed a three month internship in Australia.

Having finished my BE, I decided to pursue a graduate degree in medicine, and went to the University of Queensland in Brisbane to do a Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) – also known as the ‘Doctor of Medicine’ (MD) degree.

I chose to do this degree because I have always been intrigued by the medical profession. The dynamic working life of doctors really appealed, especially the way each day at work can be so very different to your previous one. And, although most people don't enjoy it, I thrive under stressful situations and so feel that a medical career is tailor-made for me in that sense!

I have completed half this course thus far and come across aspects of bioengineering regularly through my studies. The importance of bioengineering in modern medicine cannot be understated, and I believe that my BE in Biomedical Engineering forms an ideal foundation for graduate medicine.

Having a bioengineering background allows me to think outside the square when it comes to medical care – to analyse further how engineering concepts can be applied to further improve the standard of care provided to patients. Although engineers have solved medical problems for centuries, there seems to be a time and information gap between the identification and solution of these problems. By having an engineering background, I hope I can address this gap and provide real time engineering solutions to medical problems.

I definitely intend on returning to bioengineering in the future in some research capacity, as I believe further integration of bioengineering with medicine is of paramount importance.