On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
- Apply knowledge and practical skills in a professional work role context
- Assess workflow within a medical laboratory, including management roles
- Explore quality assurance and quality control procedures
- Understand the ethical and legal considerations for patient data processing and storage
- Discuss the diagnostic process
- Develop communication and problem solving skills in the workplace
This unit provides the opportunity for students in the Medical Sciences (Pathology) degree course to learn key practical skills, apply the knowledge learned in the class and demonstrate competence in the practice of medical laboratory science. The unit is totally based in the workplace and both Internal and External students will be required to undertake 3 weeks (15 days) of placement in a designated pathology laboratory. The student will be offered a choice of geographical locations and preferred weeks for placement, but actual placement is dependent on availability.
This unit is offered to students in the second year of the pathology specialisation of the undergraduate course in medical science. It was developed in response to feedback from employers and the professional body that upon graduation students should be able to demonstrate a basic set of competencies recognised by employing private and public sector pathology laboratories. The learning outcomes have therefore been written in a broad context to allow flexibility within the actual placement.
Whilst the actual placement may vary slightly depending on the instrumentation, test profile offered by a particular laboratory and the training opportunities that present themselves, the student will be expected to adopt professional attitudes and undertake training as directed whilst under supervision. The areas of practical training and competence assessment during this period of clinical placement are aligned with theoretical units co-taught in term 1 of the 2nd year of the degree. This then supports learning and success in both directions; theoretical supporting placement and placement contextualising theory.