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Women in STEM: Meredith Telford discusses forging a career path from an early age

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Biomedical Engineering is one of the primary driving forces in the progression of the medical field. 3D printing and additive manufacturing is a novel technology that should be utilized by medicine to advance research and facilitate better patient care. I believe that as technology improves, our levels of patient care should also improve.

I was very fortunate to have attended a STEM specialist school, meaning that our teachers put specific emphasis on the importance of these subjects, which as a student in an all-girls school I was incredibly proud of. I studied all three sciences and maths to GCSE level, progressing Biology, Maths and Chemistry further in my studies.

I recently graduated with a First Class Honors Degree in Biomedical Engineering from Ulster University. As a young girl I had always intended on pursuing a career to engage with and help others medically, however, my weak stomach was the ultimate deciding factor in choosing the direction of my career path!

From starting off a very unsure UCAS applicant to becoming a fully qualified Medical Visualization Engineer at one of the leading medical 3D printing companies in the world seems a little far fetched, but my reality. I have learned a lot over the past two years at Axial3D, about myself, the company and the industry. Working in a company that puts the needs of the customer first is a constant motivation, especially when the end customer is a patient. Surgeons trust us to create patient-specific models that will impact the treatment plan of a patient and improve patient care.

Choosing a career path can be daunting and intimidating, even at the best of times. The best advice I can give is to find a field or subject you are passionate about and chase after it. Mark Twain said, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.”

My role as a Medical Visualization Engineer is to improve patient outcomes by helping clinicians visualize complex medical problems ahead of surgery. If you have a complex case that requires some additional insight, reach out and let me know.

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