So far I have been studying for my degree in Biomedical Science as a part-time student, to allow me to care for my son with all the intricacies that come with dose adjustment of a life threatening drug in a very young child. I’ve had more sleepless nights now than when he was a baby, but still, I plough on. My plan is to finish my degree (ahem.. with a decent pass), and then try to gain relevant work experience at entry level. In the meantime, here is a small snapshot on the vast array of techniques and subjects within third year of the degree programme at the University of the West of Scotland.
A list of some of my favourite module titles to date so far:
Clinical Chemistry & Cellular Pathology
Protein: structure & function
There are other modules to come including “The Biology of Disease”, “Clinical Immunology” and “Clinical Microbiology” along with my dissertation/research project, but safe to say I’m just concentrating on what I am learning at the moment, which includes an essay on the ethics of animal experimentation – a subject I owe my son’s life to, but still one which feels very difficult to put into words in the third person!
So far, the practical aspects of learning laboratory skills include:
Following laboratory protocols for each experiment
Understanding the techniques applied to each experiment
Analysing the data produced from each experiment
Conduction behaviour in a responsible and safe manner, following all safety guidelines
Learning how to operate technical machinery and microscopes
Applying all classroom based theory to the procedure at hand
Oh, and wearing my shiny white coat…
If you are interested in Biomedical Science, please follow this link to find out where it could lead you.
“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.” Hippocrates