Biomedical Sciences is an umbrella term for rather broad range of disciplines united by common subject (human body’s functioning) and methodological approaches (methods of biosciences). They include physiology, endocrinology, immunology, molecular and medical genetics, pathology, clinical biochemistry and pharmaceutical sciences, among others. Due to rapid development of technological base, biomedical sciences significantly advanced our understanding of biological systems of human body in the recent years. Writing a good essay would inevitably involve a literature research in the recent peer-reviewed publications. Appropriate publication databases should be searched for relevant articles and reviews. Usual web search is unlikely to produce a comprehensive overview of existing body of knowledge since these days many scientific articles are simply not available in the free access.
Clear well-defined structure with logical and coherent flow of information is critically important. Your essay should tell a “story”, which would include basic well-established facts, recent findings (which might, on some occasions, contradict the existing dogmas), their interpretations and relevant scientific theories (either old or newly formulated), gaps in knowledge and potential future research directions needed to fill these gaps. Lots of new findings published these days challenge the existing views.
Reviewing up-to-date information would help to demonstrate not only your ability to learn the things taught at the classes but also to research and interpret new data. The latter is the most important skill for any independent researcher and something that, in the short terms, would bring you excellent marks.
Biomedical sciences have been revolutionised in recent years, not in the last degree due to the introduction of genetic analysis. This means that the new treatment and diagnostic approaches for various diseases can now be personalised taking into account the patient’s genetic information. This substantially improves the treatment of many conditions such as cancer or HIV. Technological basis has also improved significantly, with molecular and genetic methods such as genome sequencing, gene expression profiling, high-resolution MRI and highly sensitive analytical methods (MS, HPLC etc.) now at the core of many classical biomedical disciplines. These advances give rise to new research approaches that didn’t exist just few years ago. All this means that proper literature research for your essay should focus on the most resent publications and reviews.
Research data and examples selected for essay should follow the logics of your essay. They should be not just relevant, but arranged in an order that helps to illustrate the right points at the right time. This would make the essay easily readable and understandable. Ability to communicate your thought clearly is always one of the points your essay will be marked for.
Obviously, the structure, depth and complexity of essay depend on the particular task at hands. The requirements for short undergraduate work and postgraduate dissertation are very different. But the major “selling” points mentioned above are always highly appreciated.