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Rachel Linnane – Medical Technology Graduate

Name: Rachel Linnane

Course: BSc (Hons) Medical Technology

Year Graduated: 2022

Brief description of your job: I am currently pursuing a MSc in Medical Physics with the University of Galway.

Why did you choose your course?

I always knew I wanted to work in healthcare and to make a positive difference in people’s lives, however I wasn’t entirely sure what area of healthcare I wanted to work in. The medical technology course in TUS appealed to me because it focuses on the medical applications of engineering, science and technology and offers a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are essential for real world healthcare challenges. This course was a natural fit for me because it allowed me to combine my passion for healthcare with my interest in engineering and technology and I knew it would allow me to keep my options open in terms of further study / employment in the future.

What do you like most about your course?

I liked the broad nature of this course. Studying modules such as physics , anatomy, radiation safety, standards and accreditation as well as diagnostic imaging in radiotherapy, meant that I was able to gain an in depth understanding of the medical device industry.

Apart from your course, what do you like most about TUS?

Apart from the course, I liked how welcoming and supportive the environment in TUS is.  The class sizes are small which made it easy to engage in the lectures and the lecturers are very approachable, so I was never afraid to ask questions.
Beyond academics, there is always something going on in the college such as SU events, career fairs, volunteering opportunities and sports events, this was nice because there was always something to get involved in!

How has your degree helped you in your career?

The knowledge I gained from this course allowed me to consider multiple career options. I have since decided to continue my studies and am currently pursuing a masters in medical physics in the University of Galway.

The medical technology course taught me the fundamentals of medical imaging modalities and how they can be  applied not only to diagnostic imaging but radiotherapy treatment planning and patient monitoring which is essential in medical physics.

What advice would you give someone considering studying this course?

I really enjoyed my time in TUS and would highly recommend this course to anyone that has an interest in healthcare and technology.

Whether you aspire to work as a clinical engineer in a hospital setting, pursue advanced studies, or embark on a career in the medical device industry, this course equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel. Its multi-disciplinary approach ensures you are thoroughly prepared for a diverse range of career opportunities.