Scientific knowledge is at the core of all SMMS programmes. In addition to educating students with current knowledge, our mission is to create life-long learners who are fired by a desire to add to the science base through enquiry and investigation.
Our students are taught to evaluate the evidence, assembling clues from multiple sources that will lead to a differential diagnosis and treatment plan.
Our education/research activities are designed to develop in our students essential critical analysis skills and to initiate a career-long engagement with medical research.
Laboratory techniques are employed in both a research capacity to facilitate comprehension of biological processes of health and disease, as well as in the clinical setting to contribute to patient diagnosis. In addition, medical students are encouraged or required to read scientific journals pertaining to the biological process of disease of interest within their modules. Within this context, a clear understanding of commonly used scientific techniques is desirable.
LabView is a new initiative designed to link student learning and critical thinking, with observational exposure to the large and diverse array of scientific laboratory techniques performed in the research facilities of SMMS. In a recent survey >90% of students agreed that observing first hand, experimental techniques that are often referred to in lectures, would enhance their learning experience.
With LabView, laboratory techniques carried out by our researchers will be offered as EVENTS. Students can sign up, to attend these EVENTS on a first come first serve basis. Students will be able to build up a suite of EVENTS around core techniques. For example in the core technique of Histology students could attend separate EVENTS on tissue processing, wax sectioning, staining, and microscopy.
LabView for the Student is designed to:
- Stimulate interest in research
- Enhance critical thinking
- Connect and inform our students about SMMS research activities
LabView for the Researcher:
- Provides an ideal opportunity for doctoral and post-doctoral students to develop and enhance their teaching and presentation skills.
- Revisit and appraise the underlying principles of commonly used techniques
- Inform undergraduate students (who may be considering undertaking a masters or PhD) about their group's research.