BMLSc participated in the Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) and offered another four week academic program to 33 international students from Asia and Europe this summer. This diverse group of students gained international academic experience and knowledge of Canadian culture through excursions and extracurricular activities.
BMLSc Program Director Dr. Amanda Bradley, PhD candidate Deb Chen and Adjunct Professor Dr. Kenneth Liu presented the Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science course. Topics included hematology, gastrointestinal, hepatic and renal systems. In this course, students applied fundamental concepts learned to examine problem-based case studies. A hands-on hematology lab session and tour of the Canadian Blood Services’ netCAD Blood for Research Facility was conducted. Students also had the opportunity to view pathological specimens relevant to their studies and tour the William Boyd Museum of Pathology located in the David F. Hardwick Pathology Learning Centre (DHPLC).
The Fundamental Techniques for Clinical and Medical Research Laboratories course, led by Honorary Lecturers Jennifer Xenakis, Jenny Tai and Dr. Juliana Li offered practical lab sessions in histochemistry, tissue culture and molecular biology respectively. Students successfully utilized different staining techniques and microscopically determined the composition of unknown tissues, cultured a mammalian cell line, and extracted their own DNA to perform a DNA fingerprinting analysis. Interactive classes for both courses involved presentations, group work and discussions. The students were eager to learn and a pleasure to teach.
Special thanks to Helen Dyck (DHPLC) and Janet MacManus (netCAD) for providing guided tours and to everyone that participated in the VSP.
Visit https://vancouversummerprogram.ubc.ca for more information.