As part of the laboratory medicine program, Cristina Bitzilis completed placement at St. Vincent's Hospital where she not only gained practical experience but also landed a full-time job offer.
Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine)
The highlight of my studies has been the 40 weeks work placement undertaken at St. Vincent's Hospital within the Anatomical Pathology Department. And I was lucky enough to get a full-time job offer at the end of it!
Studying science is fascinating because there is always something to learn and new information is continually being discovered.
As part of the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine), I completed 40 weeks work placement at St. Vincent’s Hospital within the Anatomical Pathology Department.
This was an opportunity to apply all the information I had gained at RMIT in a clinical setting. I was able to work on real cases, in a busy laboratory, alongside medical scientists and pathologists.
As part of my degree I worked on a 12-week, 3D printing research project alongside engineers and radiology students. This research project was significant and to be part of the team was very exciting.
At the end of my placements I was also lucky enough to get a full-time job offer!
The program, has given me many skills that I can take with me into the workforce, including key laboratory skills, problem solving and troubleshooting, decision making within a clinical setting, and experience in major disciplines such as histology, cytology and genetic diagnostics.
My favourite subject has been histopathology, we were taught how to identify and test the presence or absence of microscopic pathological conditions using a series of hands-on techniques.
I’ve started working in the histology department of St. Vincent’s Hospital but I’m looking forward to graduating and working full-time.
In the future, I hope to be part of a ground breaking research team that is on the forefront of the medical industry.