Biomedical engineering undergraduate education in Latin America

Allende, R.; Morales, D; Avendaño G.; Chabert S.

Abstract

As in other parts of the World, in recent times there has been an increasing interest on Biomedical Engineering (BME) in Latin America (LA). This interest grows from the need for a larger number of such specialists, originated in a spreading use of health technologies. Indeed, at many universities, biomedical engineering departments have been created, which also brought along discussions on strategies to achieve the best education possible for both undergraduate and graduate programs. In these settings, different positions were taken as regards which subject to emphasize. In such a context, this work aimed to make a survey on the "state-of-the-art" of undergraduate BME education in LA, and to analyze the observed differences. Broadly speaking, similar education profiles are perceived in the entire continent, with main emphasis on electronics and bioinstrumentation, biology and informatics respectively. Much less relevance is given to biomechanics and biomaterials. This tendency is similar in Departments with many decades of experience or in newly opened ones. © 2007 IOP Publishing Ltd.

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Título según SCOPUS: Biomedical engineering undergraduate education in Latin America
Título de la Revista: JOURNAL OF PHYSICS: CONFERENCE SERIES
Volumen: 90
Número: 1
Editorial: IOP PUBLISHING LTD
Fecha de publicación: 2007
Idioma: eng
URL: http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-36949036449&partnerID=q2rCbXpz
DOI:

10.1088/1742-6596/90/1/012019

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