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Laboratory Medicine – RMIT University

February 13, 2020

Seventy percent of decisions made by a doctor is based on information provided by medical
scientists. We liase with doctors and nurses on a constant
basis every single day. Providing the services they need to help the patients to survive. Professional practice program sits between
third and fourth year for the laboratory medicine
degree at RMIT. We’ve placed students in a number of laboratories. Whether it be microbiology, haematology, bio-chemistry, blood banking. I spent 6 months at Osteon Health, working
in their biochemistry lab. I also spent 3 months overseas in England. With most courses you don’t get work-placement at all, so I think it’s like a head start compared to other students. Students go out to the major teaching hospitals, including Royal Children’s, Peter MacCallum,
Osteon Health and also some private laboratories. They also have an option of an overseas placement including countries such as USA, UK and Sweden. There is only so much that you can learn at
a University, as well as how much equipment
a University can have. At RMIT they’re learning the theory and learning
a little bit about the instruments, but when they get into a laboratory they learn about laboratory
life, as I like to call it. I extracted DNA from blood and tissue samples, then processed it and analysed it for mutations
and specific genes. We make sure that they know what they’re doing with their instruments and their analysers. And then they get around to testing patient
samples and interacting with the laboratory to ensure
that we can provide results to the doctors. The students that we have trained, more often
than not, we end up employing those students in our
laboratories. It builds you and and makes you feel like
you can really do and understand anything, so when you actually come back to uni and do your final year you feel pretty invincible, i suppose. I reckon the year placement is probably the
best thing out of the whole 4 years. At the end of the year I actually got a job,
so that was the real highlight. Without that experience in
the lab and them knowing what my potential was, ummm, priceless.

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