Post-BMLSc Pursuits

Neil Lalach (1991)

After finishing his BMLSc degree, Neil returned to the Okanagan, where he worked at Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Penticton Regional Hospital.  He completed the Modern Management Program with the Canadian Healthcare Association, obtained a certificate of Continuing Professional Studies with the CSMLS, and fulfilled the requirements for the Certification Maintenance Program as a Medical Laboratory Scientist with the ASCP.  Neil currently holds the position of Hematology Supervisor at Kelowna General Hospital.

“The BMLSc degree was part of the job requirements for my current Supervisor position. I considered the BMLSc program to be an extension of my Laboratory Technologist training.  For me, the program built upon the knowledge I learned at BCIT.  The instructors were top-notch and leaders in their respective fields, which provided an academic atmosphere, taking my education to the cutting edge in current knowledge.

Classes were a perfect size.  Staff were helpful and keen to work with students.  The program was a truly challenging and satisfying experience.”

Lisa Morrow (1991)

Lisa graduated with honours from Ontario Veterinary College (2000) and worked in mixed rural practice in England for four years. She was Head of Veterinary Services for Cats Protection, a UK-wide cat charity, before completing a master’s degree in Veterinary Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the Royal Veterinary College. Currently, she works as a Field Veterinary Officer at Cats Protection.

“The BMLSc degree prepared me for my current career in many ways. The broad-based nature of the subject matter meant that in most things I studied later there was something that could be applied from the BMLSc teachings. It gave me the skills to be able to adapt to the unexpected and apply basic principles to novel situations. The very high quality teaching and small group setting fostered in me a life-long desire for learning.  The variety of topics we learned about and being in a small group of people was what I found most enjoyable about the program.”

Sonja Nehr-Kanet (1990)

Following completion of her BMLSc and MSc (Human Reproductive Biology) degrees at UBC, Sonja held various teaching positions including Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program Director at Pima Medical Institute (Seattle). She is currently Clinical Associate Professor and ISU CLS/MLS Program Director at Idaho State University.

 “My degrees at UBC have helped me to achieve even more than I had envisioned when I returned to school in 1988. The combination of my BMLSc/MSc degrees has permitted me to teach at private school, non-profit [organizations] and obtain a teaching position at a university. The most valuable experiences I gained from my studies in the program are a love of teaching and sharing knowledge, as well as the passion, empathy and dedication of the faculty in the BMLSc program.

My experiences at UBC continue to influence my daily efforts as a Clinical Associate Professor/Medical Laboratory Science Program Director.  I continue the tradition of sharing the love of Medical Lab Science and contributing to the creation of quality future lab professionals.”

Stan Shaw (1989)

Stan completed a PhD in Pathology at UBC, and is currently a professional IT project manager (PMP), specializing in health care and higher education. He has worked with all provincial Health Authorities, and in several First Nations health care organizations in various leadership roles. Currently, he is the acting Vancouver Regional Lead for the Physician Information Technology Office (PITO), a division of the BCMA. Stan is also very active in the higher education IT community, and serves on several committees at BCNET.

“The BMLSc program provided fundamental analytical and presentation skills that were instrumental in both pursuing my PhD, and later when working in the health care and IT community. It also brought me in close contact with a number of teaching staff who have since become both friends and invaluable contacts after I completed my training and entered the professional community.

The most valuable experience I gained from my studies in the BMLSc Program was that it broke the ‘glass ceiling’ between technical training as a general laboratory technologist and a deep understanding into the pathology foundations of laboratory science.  From this, I was given the opportunity to choose a career that could take many directions, from basic science research to clinical chemistry, to health care management…

I use my training from both the undergraduate and graduate programs on a daily basis when working to address information technology challenges in the medical and higher education community.”