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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Biomedical Sciences Department opens skills-lab

HANDS-ON: Third-year Biomedical Science students acquire specific practical skills sought after in industry HANDS-ON: Third-year Biomedical Science students acquire specific practical skills sought after in industry

The Biomedical Sciences Department is bridging the gap between graduates and industry.

The department has embarked on an ambitious project and launched a skills-lab at the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) facility in Green Point.

The skills-lab is aimed at third-year Biomedical Science students, who spend several months working at the lab in order to acquire specific practical skills sought after in industry.

This bold initiative forms part of a public-private partnership and has the buy-in of NHLS – the largest diagnostic pathology service in South Africa - and Pathcare, one of the country’s largest private pathology practices.

The skills-lab is also accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Biomedical Sciences training co-coordinator, Trish Muller, says the idea for the labs came about after having conversations with industry role-players who identified their needs and the skills they felt graduates should have.

Equipped with instruments from Siemens and Abbot, the skills-lab offers CPUT students an opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment that is found in leading laboratories.

“We found that the programme assists students with basic training and instilling good laboratory practices. The training also offers real world experience and increases students’ confidence when venturing into the working world,” says Muller.

The skills-lab has been welcomed by CPUT students.

Student Samantha Meyer says that working in the skills-lab has assisted her with developing various skills in her field of study.

“We are able to learn practical skills and now feel confident when working with specimens and cultures,” she says.

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