Tara | Biomedical Science
Placed at: Monash Medical Centre
“What I wanted most from the placement was experience in patient care, which I got quite quickly since training is done on patients and you work with them every day.”
Swinburne has a very practical approach to learning and there are classes in the laboratories for most of the units. Further participation in the professional placements program (formerly Industry Based Learning) meant a whole hospital became my lab and the diagnostic testing done for patients were my practicals for the year.
I did my placement at MonashHeart, a specialist cardiology service at the Monash Medical Centre in Clayton.
I mastered the skill of interpreting ECGs and heart monitors and in taking blood pressure. Importantly, I also learned how to look after patients. A lot of skills relevant to work were acquired on the job and there were always more things to see and learn.
What I wanted most from the placement was experience in patient care, which I got quite quickly since training is done on patients and you work with them every day. There are some great experiences I know will be remembered, such as the firsts — when you see something strange in a patient for the first time.
Doing a placement means that I will not only graduate with a degree but with invaluable work experience that will put me ahead of competitors for career opportunities.