Post-BMLSc Pursuits

Tim Seabrook (1995)

After his BMLSc degree, Tim pursued a PhD in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Neurosurgery Department at Harvard Medical School and has held positions as Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and Research Investigator at Novartis (Switzerland). Tim is currently Director, Immunohistochemistry at Merck Serono (Switzerland).

“The [program’s] small class size was especially important to me and the easy access to tutors and teachers was especially helpful as I did not have any university experience before this and had been out of school for a few years. I must admit that I was completely overwhelmed for the first few weeks and really needed the support. The fact that the BMLSc built on the knowledge that a Medical Lab Technologist has already acquired made the courses relevant to me.

The BMLSc Program was my first experience with performing research… before this I didn’t have an inkling of what happened in a research lab. Because of my BMLSc, I was able to obtain my MT (ASCP), enter a PhD program and progress to my current position. Without it I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish any of these things.”

Camille Rozon (1993)

A graduate of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Dawson College (Montreal), Camille moved to Vancouver to complete both her BMLSc and Master of Health Administration (MHA) degrees at UBC.  She is a holder of the Applied Project Management Certificate (PMP) (Langara College), International Association of Project Management Level D Certification, and is a Certified Health Executive (CHE) (Canadian College of Health Service Executives). Camille has worked in a management positions for various organizations, including the Provincial Blood Coordinating Office, Canadian Arthritis Network, Arthritis Research Centre of Canada, and Vancouver Coastal Health.  She is currently a Change Specialist/ Accreditation Leader for Providence Health Care.

“My BMLSc degree paved the way for a master’s [degree] and a varied and interesting career in health care…after the [BMLSc] program, doing a master’s was easy! What I enjoyed most about the program was the small group learning environment, and good balance between didactic and practical hands-on experience… Excellent supportive staff and instructors.”

Christine (née Nisbet) and Jerry Jacob (1992)

“After graduation from BMLSc, I was accepted into the Radiation Therapy Program at the Vancouver Cancer Centre.  I finished this program in 1995 and have been working in this profession ever since.  Jerry (Jacob) and I met when we both entered the BMLSc program.  We were married in 1995 and then moved to Victoria, which is my hometown, and have lived here since then.

We look back on the BMLSc program with fond memories.  Jerry and I were both science students when we entered the program and had no previous medical lab experience.  BMLSc helped expose us to a medical setting which we both use to this day.  It gave me a strong background in many concepts that I use in my everyday work treating patients with cancer. We liked that it was a small program and we felt that we were able to get to know the professors and they got to know us.”

Jerry “I was accepted into the UBC dental program. I graduated in 1996 with a DMD degree and now have my own private dental practice in Victoria. The BMLSc Program’s medical curriculum provided an excellent stepping stone for dentistry.  Exposure to such courses as histology, pathology and immunology made first year dentistry a lot easier. As Christine mentioned, we really enjoyed the small class sizes and the opportunity to really get to know our instructors, professors and fellow classmates.”

Michael Hoefer (1992)

Mike completed a Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree at UBC in 1994.  He was self-employed as a management and health technology consultant, and also worked as the provincial Communicable Disease Coordinator at the BC Centre for Disease Control.  Mike then began a successful career at Northern Health as a Health Service Administrator (Burns Lake), as Regional Director, Diagnostic Services (Prince George) and he is currently Regional Director, Capital Planning and Support Services.

“My BMLSc was my foray into higher education.  After working as a technologist, I decided to go back to school and the first step was this degree.  It prepared me for everything: the master’s level program, going into management, knowing the health system, and the clinical side of health care really helped me get a foothold in the industry.

I would have to say [what I enjoyed most was] the exposure to a wonderful department, and probably most memorable, the entire faculty whose experiences and expertise were willingly given.  Another positive experience was the rest of my class and those in classes ahead and behind me.  Their social support and the collegial environment were what convinced me I could do one more degree… A great place to learn and I am forever grateful.”