Sarah chose to study the Bachelor of Biomedical Science Laboratory Medicine with RMIT because of the programs professional placements, accreditation and strong links to industry.
Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)
You get real experience and have industry professionals there to guide you through your laboratory work and provide you with advice.
"Studying Laboratory Medicine at Uni seemed like a great fit for me as I loved biology and laboratory work in high school, and because I could learn how the whole body works.
I chose RMIT’s Laboratory Medicine course as it was far the best option as it is AIMS accredited and provides the opportunity for 40-weeks of professional placement. It also gave me the opportunity to study somewhere that wasn’t in the heart of the city; being a country girl I prefer the trees and grass out at Bundoora!
I was also lucky enough to receive the Accommodation Support and Study Support Scholarships in 2012.
Learning about things I am passionate about with a group of peers who feel the same way as me is a major highlight of my studies! We have really formed a tight knit group and support network over the last two years.
I love the subjects with lots of hands-on laboratory work, which happens to be all of them! I love the microscope work in Histology, Cytopathology and Haematology, but I also love the practicals from Biochemistry, Microbiology and Histopathology.
The amount of laboratory work and professional placement sets this degree apart from other biomedicine degrees. You get real experience and have industry professionals there to guide you through your laboratory work and provide you with advice.
During first year we got to tour one of the Melbourne hospitals which was great. It gave us the opportunity to actually see the environment that we could end up working with.
I am currently working as a PASS (Peer Assisted Study Support) Facilitator for the first year biochemistry students. I organise a session once a week where they can ask questions and work as a group to solve problems and participate in activities, all whilst supporting each other. This is my first semester in the position and I really enjoy it. It’s so great to see the students, who are in the same position I was in last year, come up with ideas and expand on difficult concepts.
I start my 40-weeks of professional placement next year, which will continue until halfway through 2015. I will have completed my degree by the end of 2015, and hopefully start work in a rural area straight away!
My dream job is as a Medical Scientist working in a rural laboratory. Not only do I come from the country, working there will allow me to work across many different fields as opposed to specialising in the one area.