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Top 10 reasons to study Medical Biophysics


BONES, the undergraduate student group in Medical Biophysics, have compiled the top 10 reasons you should consider studying medical biophysics at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

1. Close sense of community – Since the undergraduate department consists of 16 fourth-year students and 20 third-year students, there is collaboration and a great sense of community within each year and also among all 36 of us.

2. Small class sizes – Class sizes range anywhere from 12 to 30, giving students more time with graduate teaching assistants and professors.

3. Faculty to student ratio – The ratio of students to faculty is 1:3, giving students numerous choices for labs and a wide range of people with whom they can network.

4. Only medical biophysics undergraduate program in Canada – Medical biophysics is a growing field in North America, with many schools in the United States and two in Canada offering a graduate program. Since Western University is the only school in Canada offering an undergraduate program, students get the opportunity to explore and learn about the department before committing to a graduate program.

5. Course 3970Z – Medical biophysics is the only module in the Bachelor of Medical Sciences Program which allows you to do an eight-week research project in the lab in third year.

6. Numerous research opportunities – There are many faculty within the department who are doing research in innovative fields, and because of that there are numerous research opportunities for students of all years to gain experience.

7. Amazing professors – Forget the text books all of the professors teaching undergraduate courses are teaching their fields of expertise exposing us to research currently underway around the world. You are learning science as it is progressing.

8. Learn about a diverse set of topics – Medical biophysics is a very diverse discipline with a wide range of courses such as biomechanics, hemodynamics, medical imaging and radiology.

9. Teaches critical thinking – The courses rarely require you to memorize facts but rather help you develop your critical thinking and problem-solving skills which are applicable in numerous fields.

10. Opportunity for collaboration – Due to the small class sizes and the sense of community, there is opportunity for collaboration on assignments, research, and studying for tests and finals.