How to become a biomedical scientist

A talk by Dr Mike Carter, Education and Training Manager from Public Health England, Colindale

We recently hosted a talk by Dr Mike Carter from Public Health England Colindale on how to become a biomedical scientist.

The event was a tremendous success, attracting many biomedical science students, from eager preparatory year students, to third years planning their career after university.

Becoming a registered biomedical scientist can be a confusing process for students as it requires them to have both an IBMS accredited degree and a competence portfolio, experience of work placements and to be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Dr Mike Carter is an excellent speaker on the subject not only because he is a scientist himself, but also due to his experience as a scientific education and training manager and the placement programme lead. He is a Health and Care Professions Council registered biomedical scientist, a chartered scientist and liaises with schools, colleges and universities to enhance the teaching of biomedical science and awareness of a career in the biomedical and clinical sciences. Dr Carter is also a volunteer member, trainer and assessor for St John Ambulance.

Dr Carter describes biomedical science as “a science in the service of life”, because without biomedical scientists, doctors would not be able to diagnose diseases properly or treat patients effectively. He covered many important aspects in his talk, including how rewarding the career is, the steps to become a registered biomedical scientist, the qualities one needs to be successful and some useful application tips.

"Professional skills and competence, flexibility, adaptability and transferable skills are key," said Dr Mike Carter.

He stressed the importance of placements, as they provide students with valuable laboratory experience, enable networking opportunities and help students develop interpersonal skills.

Dr Mike Carter was popular with the students and they all engaged in lively discussions over coffee, where they were able to ask questions and get personal advice on their career aspirations.