Post-BMLSc Pursuits

Jennifer Wilczek (2004)

Jennifer graduated from the Optometry Program at Pacific University (Oregon) in 2010 and currently works as an optometrist at a private clinic in her hometown, Prince George.

“The [BMLSc] program provided me with almost all of my required courses needed to apply for optometry school.  I think the whole program was valuable as it was what I was looking for in my undergraduate experience at the time.  It gave me the opportunity to explore the many different aspects of medicine and what opportunities were available to me.”

Winnie Ng (2003)

After graduation, Winnie was employed in our department as a technician.  After working as an optometrist office assistant, she decided to continue her education and was accepted into the Optometry Program at the New England College of Optometry, where she recently completed her OD degree.  Winnie is currently a practicing optometrist and resides in Nanaimo.

“The BMLSc Program set a really solid foundation for me to pursue my career in the medical field.  Not only did I gain knowledge, I also made many friends and gained self-confidence. “

Atilla Almos (2003)

Attila pursued his BMLSc degree by distance education while continuing his career in the clinical laboratory, specializing in clinical chemistry.  He went on to complete a Master of Health Administration degree at UBC in 2005. Attila is currently Regional Laboratory Scientist (Biochemistry) for Fraser Health Authority with responsibilities including quality control/quality assurance, policy and procedure development, and methodology support. He is an active member of the Clinical Chemistry Advisory Committee for the Diagnostic Accreditation Program of BC; at the national level, he served as a committee member for Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), working to re-develop the workload measurement system used in the public laboratory system.

“The BMLSc Program provided me with a solid and detailed knowledge extension, building upon my previous technical training from BCIT.  Ongoing education and advanced training are needed for senior positions and specialty testing in the health care environment and the BMLSc is a recognized requirement for these.

The BMLSc Program offered many hours of hands-on application of advanced laboratory techniques to help develop and enhance the academic theory throughout the program.  Advanced methods ranging from specialized microscopy, to analytical chemistry to PCR analysis are examples of the many techniques utilized in the clinical and research laboratory settings. The BMLSc courses quickly advanced my knowledge and this directly translated to my activities in the workplace. After only a few years of work I was able to take on senior positions in the hospital laboratory.

Overall the BMLSc is truly a hidden gem among the UBC undergrad science programs! It provided me with flexible learning options, small class sizes and a very ‘personal’ program where I felt part of a team working to ensure the best learning for the students. I feel I can directly attribute my last decade of work and experience to the BMLSc program.”

Ananta Gurung (2003)

Ananta was the recipient of a University of Toronto Entrance Fellowship and pursued his MSc studies in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology as part of an interdisciplinary health research team working on musculoskeletal neoplasia. He obtained his MD degree at UBC and completed an Anatomic Pathology Residency in our department.

“The BMLSc Program is excellent preparation and academic background for medicine and also provides real hands-on learning for those interested in pursuing a career in research. The whole program is great – really organized and well structured.  The small class size allows one to develop close friendships with fellow students and long-lasting professional friendships with professors and administrative staff.  The best thing about the program is the quality of its instructors.”

Pauline So (2003)

A recipient of a University of Toronto graduate fellowship award, Pauline obtained her MSc in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. She then carried out research on Alzheimer’s disease for her PhD in the Molecular Medicine Department at the Boston University School of Medicine and completed a fellowship at the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center. Pauline intends to pursue further training for a career in research.

“The various courses taught in the program provided me with medical knowledge and practical hands-on experience in a wide variety of laboratory techniques, which is very useful for a career in science.  Many of the skills that I learned in the program are transferable to many laboratory settings, and it helped a lot when I was working in research labs later on.  Not only that, we were also trained in communication skills such as writing and presentations, which is also very important. The most valuable experience that I gained would probably be the directed research elective that I did at the BC Center for Disease Control.  It was my first real research experience …This is how I became interested in a career in research in the first place.”