Post-BMLSc Pursuits

Stephanie Popoff (née Weibe) (2005)

After graduating from the BMLSc Program, Stephanie worked as a Medical Laboratory Technologist at BC Children’s Hospital and later at Prince George Regional Hospital; during this time she completed a Bachelor of Education degree.  She currently is an Instructor / Summer Practicum Supervisor in the Medical Laboratory Technology Science (MLTS) Program at the College of New Caledonia (Prince George).

“[The BMLSc Program] was the fastest route for me to achieve a Bachelor’s degree (with my previous education [as a RT]) so that I could enter an Education program in my goal of becoming a teacher. Taking PATH 405 and having to instruct my fellow classmates on current topics in science validated my choice of a potentially new career. What I enjoyed most about the program was being instructed by some amazing Pathologists that not only were experts in their fields but also knew how to [teach] and enjoyed passing their knowledge to us students.  When I go to a conference where some of them are speaking, I immediately try to sign up for their seminars.”

Daryoush Babakhani (2005)

Daryoush received training in medical laboratory science in Iran (Tehran Medical University) before entering the BMLSc Program. After graduation, he completed CSMLS courses in order to prepare for the national certification exam, which he passed in 2010.  Daryoush currently works as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in the Virology Laboratory at St. Paul’s Hospital.

“[Since] most of the tests that we perform in our lab are PCR, some [BMLSc] courses, especially the molecular biology course, have helped me a lot in my current position. The BMLSc Program also helped me to pass my CSMLS exam: CSMLS [required] me to take Blood Bank and Histotechnology courses in order to be qualified to register for the exam. The small class size gave us a good opportunity to interact directly with our instructors and professors. Most of the instructors were very helpful and were always ready to help us if we had any questions. Staff were very nice and friendly and very flexible… I have some very close friends from my program at UBC!”

Erin Chapman (née Kelly) (2004)

Erin entered medical school at the University of Western Ontario after finishing her BMLSc degree. During her medical training, she was awarded the PC Shah Summer Scholarship in Pathology and participated in research and diagnostic work in the Pathology Department. She received her MD in 2009 and was accepted into the Residency Program in our department. Erin is currently a third year Anatomic Pathology resident.

“The courses [in the BMLSc Program] provided a very definite link between the theory of life sciences and real-world situations – something that is not part of most life sciences programs.  This real world connection is what got me interested in being a doctor/pathologist. [For me], there is not one specific experience but rather the dedication of the instructors that makes the program meaningful for each individual student.  In all courses I received feedback to help me improve.  For example, I still use the techniques we were taught and the feedback I got in Pathology 405, the “how to teach” course, when I am preparing a presentation. I most enjoyed that we were given challenging work as students and were encouraged to work together to problem solve.”

Michelle Harrison (2004)

Michelle is a Medical Laboratory Technologist who completed her BMLSc degree through distance education. She then pursued a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at The University of Texas at Austin, and has recently entered candidacy for her PhD.

“My BMLSc degree provided the strong science background that allowed me to pursue graduate school. During the first year of my master’s degree I realized how extensive and thorough my undergraduate education had been and I was extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to pursue my degree in the manner that I did (through the correspondence option). The experience of having obtained my degree through this less-traditional, long-distance manner left me with valuable skills along with an education. In addition to obtaining fundamental knowledge through academic course work, my undergraduate studies prepared me for graduate school by strengthening my ability to work and learn independently, solve problems with minimal guidance, and to effectively organize and manage time.”