JKU: Medical engineering as an alternative to human medicine studies 2

JKU: Medical engineering as an alternative to human medicine studies

More than half of the future medical students come from Upper Austria. In addition, starting in autumn 2019, the new diploma program "Medical Engineering" will be launched as an alternative to human medicine studies.

LINZ. Linz Medical School celebrates its fifth anniversary in October. This year too, there was a strong demand for admission to medical studies at the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) of Linz. 1,316 young people enrolled in the Linz Design Center admission test, of which 1,056 were actually.

Number of medical students in Linz

180 students are starting their studies in human medicine this year, including 60 in Linz and 120 in Graz. The next two years, 240 places are planned, and in 2022, 300 places. There are currently 700 medical students in Linz.

Upper Austria in the top field

In the results of the test, the candidates from Upper Austria are among the first: among the top 30, there are 24 Upper Austrians. In total, 57.2% of the 180 new medical students come from Upper Austria. The male / female ratio is 58.33% of women compared to 41.67% of men.

"We know from experience that the majority of students stay where they have graduated.That's why the high proportion of students in Upper Austria is very cheerful," said Christine Haberlander, provincial health care assistant.

New degree in medical engineering

With the new medical engineering degree, an interesting alternative should be offered to young people who have just passed the admission examination, says Meinhard Lukas, Rector of JKU Linz.

Medicine and Technology

With the combination of medicine and technology, this new study should play a pioneering role throughout Austria. The technical theory is brought closer to the students on the basis of medical examples such as the cardiovascular system.

"Everyone is thinking of something else in medical engineering, ranging from areas such as circuit and programming technology, disease detection software, prosthesis construction, robotics and telemedicine, to development of artificial organs, "says Professor Werner Baumgartner and head of the study commission of medical engineering.

Example of pulmonary function test search

In Austria, one in four people over the age of 40 is suffering from chronic lung disease without knowing it. So-called spirometry – a measure of lung function – is not only expensive but also expensive. As a result, JKU researchers are currently developing a new lung function test.

"In our project, we are working on an inexpensive, easy to use and read lung function test," says Anna Theresia Stadler, researcher in the field of medical engineering at JKU. The output values ​​of this test can be used to diagnose possible lung disease.