Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering are two separate professions, represented by different professional and scientific organizations, and different departments in hospitals and universities. Medical Physics is a branch of Applied Physics which is the study of physics and physical methods in all branches of science, engineering, and technology.
Medical physics is the application of physics and physical methods to problems in the field of medicine. Applied physics and ipso facto medical physics are thus closely related to engineering. Engineering in turn is the discipline dealing with the art or science of applying scientific knowledge to the design, building, and use of machines.
As such, Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering principles and technology to medicine and medical devices.
“A Biomedical Engineer is a professional who supports and advances patient care by applying engineering and managerial skills to healthcare technology,” whereas the “essential responsibility of the Qualified Medical Physicist’s clinical practice is to assure the safe and effective delivery of radiation to achieve a diagnostic or therapeutic result as prescribed in patient care.
Medical physicists and Biomedical Engineer should have received appropriate education in physics or engineering science and professional competency training in one or more sub-fields of this fields. Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering education is now striding forward in developing countries, and many Medical and Biophysics departments are being established.
There is severe shortage of Medical physicists and Biomedical Engineer in Bangladesh due to the lack of education and training opportunities of this field. In a countries of 164 million people Bangladesh need around 300 radiotherapy centres and 600 medical physicists in oncology but we have only 70 Medical Physicists. Necessity of biomedical engineers is also many more. In Bangladesh there are 37 public and 92 private universities, however, only 3 to 5 universities offer limited courses on medical physics and biomedical engineering.
Considering this United International University (UIU), Dhaka, Bangladesh established Centre for Biomedical Science and Engineering (CBMSE) in collaboration with Alo Bhubon Trust (Alo-BT) and Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. CBMSE offers M.Sc. degree in Medical Physics, B.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering (specially in Clinical Engineering) and various Online Certificate Course in Medical and Allied Health Sciences.
The Centre for Biomedical Science and Engineering (CBMSE) will innovate and excel in education, training and research to translate knowledge and technologies that advance clinical medicine and promote medical physicists and biomedical engineering growth. The vision of the Centre is to be an internationally recognized, research oriented department and a top choice for undergraduate and graduate education.
The mission of the Centre for Biomedical Science and Engineering (CBMSE) is to bridge engineering, science, and medicine
To develop knowledge, skill and competence based education for the next generation of diverse medical physicists and biomedical engineers.
To conduct research leading to significant discoveries in medical sciences.
To develop innovative medical technology.
To translate scientific discovery and medical technology to industry or clinical practice.
To engage with the regional to international community for knowledge dissemination.
Applying principles and tools from the physical sciences and engineering to biology, physiology and medicine.
Translating knowledge and innovations to clinical practice.
Maintaining an internationally recognized and rigorous graduate program.
Training Medical physicists and Biomedical Engineers to work effectively in a wide range of settings, from academia to hospitals and industry.
To foster new knowledge and achieve leadership in Medical physicists and Biomedical Engineering research, the development of novel technologies and innovative applications.
To conduct basic and translational research that will lead to new applications of physics for diagnosis and treatment of disease by focusing on medical imaging, radiotherapy, bio magnetism, and radiation metrology.
To train new generations of medical physicists who will conduct research, provide professional physics service, and teach in health care facilities, laboratories and training centers throughout the world, continuing a tradition of excellence in science and service.
To advancing medicine through excellence in the science, education and professional practice of medical physics.
To foster the ongoing education and professional development of medical physicists and biomedical engineers throughout their career.
To encourage high quality medical physics education and training offerings.
To promote the dissemination of scientific, professional, clinical and technical information in medical physics and biomedical engineering.
To promote continuous improvement in medical physics and biomedical engineering education, e.g., incorporation of current and relevant content and pedagogical approaches.
To foster long-term collaborations with national and international institute, hospitals and organizations for better outcomes.