Stevens Institute of Technology graduate Tim Meehan is putting his degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Technology Management to good use. Having completed four years at the New Jersey Medical School at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), he is now preparing for his radiology residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, which is generally considered to be the top residency site in the country.
“The quality of the programs at Stevens can best be measured by the success of our students,” says Dr. Philip Leopold, Professor and Department Director of Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering at Stevens. “Tim's acceptance into a Residency Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, a hospital that is perennially ranked among the top few hospitals in the country, is a remarkable and enviable achievement that should inspire our current students toward even greater accomplishments.”
Following one year of training in internal medicine at UMDNJ-Newark, Tim will leave in 2011 for Massachusetts General Hospital, where he will complete a four-year residency. Afterwards he plans to do a one-year fellowship, perhaps in his current interest of interventional radiology. From there, he hopes to apply his learning to help others through non-invasive technology.
Tim’s fascination with radiology began in the Charles V. Schaefer Jr. School of Engineering and Science, in a Biomedical Engineering class titled Medical Instrumentation and Imaging. The class explored how imaging studies like Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans translate data into pictures that clinicians can use to diagnose diseases.
“Stevens was extremely helpful in preparing me for what I do now,” Tim says. “The curriculum is challenging and prepares you for the workload you are expected to handle in medical school and as a physician.” Of course, Tim was also able to schedule in baseball, standing out his senior season with a .423 batting average and school records in runs, games won, total bases, and career home runs. It was a combination of classes, sports, and community that shaped Tim’s learning at Stevens.
“I think Stevens’ community atmosphere allowed me to build long-term relationships that I might not have had at bigger schools,” Tim says. “In particular I had a great overall experience in the biomedical engineering department. Dr. Ritter and Dr. Hazelwood get to know everyone in the biomedical programs and are great student advocates.”
“Tim was a pleasure to have in class. He fulfilled all the requirements for being an engineer, and at the same time, while you’re a biomedical engineering student, you fulfill the undergraduate requirements for medical school,” says Dr. Vikki Hazelwood, Industry Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Charles V. Schaefer Jr. of Engineering and Science. “Tim's achievements are rewarding to all of us; he is an excellent result of what we prepared him for.”
Tim graduated Stevens in 2006 with a B.E. degree in Biomedical Engineering and a M.S. in Technology Management. He attended UMDNJ from 2006 to 2010, where his interest in radiology grew. Thanks to his multi-disciplinary degrees from Stevens, Tim had an understanding of medical business and technology to complement the patient care he learned at UMDNJ. Tim also credits the hands-on learning opportunities he experienced through internships and co-op programs at Stevens with helping him through the residency interview process.
“It is interesting that Tim had the academic and service credentials to attend medical school just about anywhere he wanted to go. He chose UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School because of its location in a large urban area. This fit in with his long-term goals of teaching the next generation of physicians and conducting medical research,” says Dr. Arthur Ritter, a Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Biomedical Engineering Program at Stevens.
Tim says he is pursuing radiology because in all his clinical rotations, it was radiology that he found most challenging and gratifying: “challenging because of the sheer volume and diversity of cases a radiologist interprets on a daily basis and gratifying because as a radiologist you’re essentially diagnosing the disease, which is the first step to treatment and in some cases, even part of the treatment.”
Diagnosing and treating patients fulfills Tim’s desire to help others - a desire that he says grew out of his work in Biomedical Engineering at Stevens.
“I believe that the responsibility of a doctor doesn't end at treating patients, but leading the next generation of physicians and helping advance medicine. So along with performing my clinical duties, I hope to teach at a large academic institution and contribute significantly to research, using my skills and technical knowledge that I learned at Stevens and combining it with my medical degree,” Tim says. “For me, a dream is to build a medical school or hospital in rural India.”
Learn more about biomedical engineering at the Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering web site, or explore other engineering programs at the Charles V. Schaefer, Jr. School of Engineering and Science.