Amy Xu enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) – Nuclear Medicine, because it encompasses all aspects of science whilst having the potential to change lives.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations)
I love what I do because I can make a real difference to the lives of patients.
I was attracted to nuclear medicine because it embodies all aspects of science. It’s a highly specified and unique area of medicine that blends physics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology into one – with the potential to change a patient’s life.
I chose to study at RMIT as it is the only university in Victoria to offer a undergraduate Nuclear Medicine degree. It also has a practical and hands-on approach to learning. The program is also recognised internationally which allows for more opportunity to work overseas.
RMIT has a well-equipped Nuclear Medicine hot lab and an anatomy lab that allow students to adopt a hands-on approach to learning anatomy and physiology with cadavers.
A highlight of the course has been the chance to learn from highly respectable industry professionals and lecturers, as well as undertake 22 weeks of clinical placement.
Through placements, I’ve developed interpersonal skills and the ability to engage with patients and medical professionals. I’ve also gained real-life experiences that give me the confidence to work in the real world.
As a committee member and Vice President of the Medical Radiations Student Association, I’ve had the opportunity to meet students from all year levels and streams, through organising events and social activities.
I am also a member of the Staff Student Consultative Committee (SSCC), which gives me the chance to be the voice of the student body in my program.
My advice to new students is to take every opportunity to make friends and network – it’s the connections and memories you make that will last.
My dream job is to work with a diversity of patients in a well-respected, busy department. I would also love to further my studies and hope one day to be recognised in the field of Nuclear Medicine.