“A great quality education with access to an abundance of resources.”
I got a full scholarship to one of the most prestigious universities in Canada, but chose JU – and ended up loving it.
In Canada you can’t do a prosthetics bachelor’s degree alone. You’d have to do, for example, biomedical engineering first, and then prosthetics. If you do a clinical degree, you’re not likely to work with patients until your 2nd or 3rd year. Here, we met patients the first month of the programme, and made a prosthesis for our own patient at the end of the 1st year.
My whole life has been focused on medicine and engineering. I love math, physics and sciences, but also the patient interaction. You get to work with people, use your brain, and think mechanically.
At The School of Health and Welfare we have our own clinic, complete with patient and examination rooms as well as many manufacturing rooms. Patients with amputations
volunteer to come to us to be examined.
This is the first year that the courses are in English. I’ve always been fairly academic, but some find the studies rather challenging, especially the first 8-10 months with academic courses. After that it’s mostly clinical.
It’s so random how I ended up here, but glad I did. It’s really a great quality programme with access to so many resources. Way beyond my expectations!
I don’t know where I want to work: maybe in Canada, the UK, Australia or some other English speaking country. Volunteer work is another option. There are a lot more people with amputations in developing countries, but less resources. Anyway, there are very good work opportunities.