Harrison Vu knew he was a visual learner, fascinated with what was beneath the skin, and wanted a career with patient interaction. So a medical radiations degree looked perfect.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations)
Being inspired and taught by some of the best in the field has only motivated my passion and enthusiasm for being an outstanding radiographer.
I always used to wonder what things would look like under the microscope, whether fractures or pathology. I figured out I was a visual learner while I was at school, so I needed a course with a big practical component. I’m also the “chatty” friend in my social group, so being locked away from people wasn’t going to make me happy.
Medical imaging suited my inquisitive nature; it’s obviously very visual – let’s face it, if you’re not looking at something you’re doing it wrong – and there’s a big communication component in the role.
I chose to study at RMIT because it had a heavy focus on practical real-life experience. I wanted as much hands-on practice as I could possibly get, so when the time comes to apply for full-time jobs, I’m ready to enter the workforce.
The highlight of my studies is definitely having the opportunities to go to placement at The Alfred Hospital (public health sector) and Capital Radiology (private medical imaging clinic). This forms part of the compulsory 22 weeks of placements that’s required over the course of 3 years for the degree.
There’s only so much lectures and reading material can provide in comparison to real life experience.
The only disappointment is no matter how much I learn I still haven’t cracked x-ray vision!