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Where can a biomedical science degree take me? | Monash University

– Hi, I'm Phillipe Adamtchek, and I'm a third year Bachelor of Biomedical Sciencestudent here at Monash. And today I'm going to be interviewing two recent biomedical science graduates to find out where theirdegree has taken them and what their professionalcareer looks like right now. So I'm here with Codyand Eleonora here today. And could you please introduce yourselves .

And tell us a little bit about yourselves? – My name is Eleonora and I'm currently working as a technical and research officer at the World Mosquito Programme. It's a non-for-profit initiative that aims to protect the global community from mosquito-borne diseases. So think Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. .

The programme currentlyexists in twelve countries, but I'm part of the Oceania hub. So I'm based here at Monash, Clayton, in the Institute of Vector-Borne Disease. – My current role is a consultant at EY. I'm part of the digital health team focusing on digital health strategy work and also programme insurance review for large scale healthcareIT implementation programmes. .

– Essentially can you tell me what your career pathway has being like? So how did you get to where you're now and essentially how yourdegree has helped you as well? – Yes, I graduated in 2017 from Monash with Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Bachelor of Commerce. But like many other students, I started Bachelor of Biomedical Science .

With the end goal of goinginto graduate medicine. But I think throughout thefour-year journey and the degree, I realised that I actually wanted to combine the two skill sets, the commercial and thehealth interest of mine and apply for graduate roles. So in my penultimate year, I started exploring commercial options that could combine these interests. .

And I kind of landed on ahealth-related graduate role at an organisation calledCerner Corporation. So I was there for almost two years implementing electronic medical records across the Asia-Pacific region specialising in the surgeryand anaesthesia solution. So one year ago, I also then moved to EY as an experienced digitalhealth consultant. So now I've shifted my focus .

From implementation background to more of a digitalhealth strategy background. – By the time I finished my degree, I was actually thinking I might want to havea look at doing my PhD or going into Academia instead. I was really lucky that I found a position that was going at WorldMosquito Programme. And it was only for like an assistant .

To come in a coupledays a week or whatever. And I was like, “This willbe just a foot in the door or see what the industry is like.” And I'm now full-timethere, which is great. And I've had a lot more responsibilities. So now I'm in the officer role and the program's continued to grow and the Oceania hub'scontinued to grow as well. So it's been reallyamazing, sort of starting .

From quite like atechnical hands-on position and then getting to a point where you can sort of oversee things from a different perspective, I guess. You can sort of see the effects you're havinginternationally and things. So that's been really great. – So what I've understood is that straight out of biomedicine, .

You went into theClayton's mosquito research and you've been there ever since. – Spot on, yeah. – What is in the most rewarding or what is the most rewardingaspect of your role? – I think just being at the forefront of changing how healthcare is delivered and defining the futuredirection to create efficiencies and cost savings .

Is probably the mostrewarding part of the role. Like of course not every day is all… I can't say exactly today I was forefront of changing how healthcare is delivered, but I think at the end of the projects, I can see that I'm actuallymaking a difference. So the community isreally important to me. – I think ultimately one ofthe really special things is that it's a lab .

Where you're not waiting years and years to release a product. You're being able to see the effect that you have on communities in real time. And that's actually reallyrewarding and really great. You can sort of see numbers of kind of protected places increasing and especially when you sort of touch base with other sites internationally .

And you can sort of hearfirsthand how things are going. Yeah, there's probably, I reckon it's going to be the highlight. – Honing in on Monash now, I wanted to ask how did yourtime at Monash set you up and help you for your roles? – A lot of my experiencefrom Monash during my studies was kind of conveyed and transferred towards professional work quite well. .

But most recently Iconducted a research case on out-of-hospital models of care for chronic disease management, which I actually found really similar to the systematic review we did as part of our fourth yearbiomedical science capstone unit. – I still remember that.- I remember that one. – Yeah. – Yeah, big assignment. .

Very big assignment, yeah. – Yeah, it was a big assignment and at the time I was like, “Oh, there's no point in doing this.” It doesn't make any sense, but then when I came to doing this piece for a government agency, I actually started using alot of the same processes and structures that I usedthroughout the systematic review. .

It's funny how a lot of the things that we did in fourth year, the capstone units I feltwere very comprehensive in terms of the skillsthey brought together. – I feel like that's a perfectway to end this interview. So I'd just like to thank you so much for sharing your careerinsights and your time as well. And essentially we wish you all the best for wherever your career is taking you. .

– Thanks so much. – Thank you. – So thank you for joining us today and hopefully you got someinsight into biomedical science. Essentially where a biomedicaldegree can take you. And if you think biomedicine is for you, I hope that we'll see you next year. (upbeat music)

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