Kristin Pallister’s one fantastic gal pal and has one of the coolest engineering jobs around. At the age of four, she was hit by a car and had to undergo a lot of orthopedic surgeries, but this experience made an impression on her - she was in awe at the power of technology to save lives and knew she wanted to go into the medical field. To be a doctor or to be a biomedical engineer?
She choose to be a biomedical engineer and now doctors ask her for advice on how to save their patients’ lives during heart surgeries. She explains it much more gracefully -
Kristin: I work in operating rooms with doctors every day. My company makes electrophysiology products, which are used by doctors to burn parts of the heart to get rid of arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation. I run a 3D mapping system that shows the doctors where they are in the heart and helps them diagnose the arrhythmia so they know how to treat it. I love being able to apply advanced technology in a clinical setting.
She’s found her dream job and you can tell by the way she talks about it.
"I love helping patients. It's very gratifying to have a patient come into the operating room and cure them in the course of 2 hours. I also love how there's always something new to learn - it's a very interesting field and every case is another problem to be solved."
For all you blinker’s out there, she has has two pieces of advice - keep an open mind and talk to as many people as possible. We agree - there are so many kick-butt and cool opportunities out there, but sometimes you have to do a little digging to find them.
Thanks for the advice Kristin! We love that you’re crushing it and conquering operating rooms one 3D map of the heart at a time.