Medical Laboratory Scientist, Surgical Pathology Unit, North Shore Hospital
Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
Medical laboratory scientists are the detectives of healthcare, says Rukshar Saheed who completed a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science specialising in Histology and Clinical Chemistry.
“As medical laboratory scientists we provide the necessary clues to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients within our hospitals and communities. I find great satisfaction knowing that I have the vital academic knowledge and technical ability to play my part in helping others and saving lives.”
Currently working in the Surgical Pathology Unit at North Shore Hospital, Rukshar enjoys applying her skills to make a difference.
“My job involves processing tissue samples obtained through surgery, biopsies or necroscopy, using a microtome to cut thin sections of those tissue samples to stain them and therefore enable tissue and cells to be viewed microscopically. Every case that comes through the lab is specific and unique, so it’s always great to be able to interpret and link what I’ve learnt throughout my years at AUT to help diagnose the disease a patient presents with.”
Friendships and inspiration
Rukshar still fondly remembers her time at AUT.
“The warm and welcoming presence AUT provides was one of the reasons I chose this university. The relationships I built and friendships I made were the highlights of my time at AUT. I also loved being given the opportunity to become a teaching assistant for first-year histology students during the final years of my degree.
“There are also many facilities that are readily available, and the academic staff provide a sense of support and encouragement throughout and after your years as an AUT student.
Her first-year histology lecturer sparked her passion for histopathology, she says.
“Histopathology is the study of diseased cells and tissues by examining the correlation between structure and function. Understanding the anatomy and physiology of tissues and organs plays a big part in understanding the relationship between structure, function and disease. As a scientist, I have the ability to prepare samples for analysis to aid in the subsequent diagnosis and treatment. My lecturer’s experience, passion and teachings inspired me to create long-term career goals in histology.”
Advice for other students
Rukshar, who graduated from AUT in 2020, has some great advice for other students.
“Figuring out what you want to do for the rest of your life can be daunting, so take your time, do your research and keep an open mind.
“There are no stupid questions, so never be afraid to ask. Never lose sight of what you’re working towards; maintain your goals and be consistent. Finally, don’t let the early success of others bring you down. Everyone is different, and your time will come when you’re ready.”