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Photo: Anson Tran

Anson Tran (Health Information Science)

Co-op placement at VIHA

Anson Tran (Health Information Science) did a co-op placement for Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA).

"I had a phenomenal experience working at VIHA. I was fortunate enough to be assigned my own project to work on from scratch. I designed an electronic database and user interface for the lab department at VIHA to replace the current paper based system they were using to conduct their proficiency testing."

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"At first, I was extremely overwhelmed at the amount of responsibility and autonomy given to me but through applying almost every aspect of what I learned in school and my experience during my first co-op work term I managed to complete the project successfully and make a positive impact for VIHA's lab employees. The feedback I have received from the lab technicians makes me swell with pride to know that I made a difference for others and helped them complete their job a little bit easier."

"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity and the trust granted to me during my tenure at VIHA. The experience has helped me grow tremendously as a professional in this business. I was allowed to experience all aspects of project management from the very beginning to the end and during that entire time I was in the driver's seat. It has given me the confidence and belief that with dedication and courage, you can make a real difference in the workforce."

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Photo: Jenny Thomson Jenny Thomson (Child and Youth Care) always wanted to work with youth and families in some capacity. When researching for a college paper, she was drawn to the work of Sibylle Artz, a UVic professor in the School of Child and Youth Care (CYC). Jenny discovered that CYC’s program values were aligned with her own, and that the school offered diverse opportunities in a range of areas relating to child and youth care practice.

As part of her program, Jenny completed two practica – the first with the Vancouver Island Health Authority, Youth and Family Addiction Services, and the second at the Ministry of Children and Families in child protection as part of an under-13 protection team.

Jenny says, "One of the most important things gained from my practica was the opportunity to practice from a critical perspective, apply theory to practice."

As a result of her practicum work Jenny found employment after graduation and now has a solid foundation to continue her work in the child and youth care profession.

Co-op terms at the BC Cancer Agency

Photo: Meg Bishop Meg Bishop (Health Information Science) – "As part of my work on the e-Radiate project, I have had the opportunity to learn about the inner operations of the radiation therapy department at the BC Cancer Agency. Having ownership of a small project has challenged me to develop my own project goals and timelines, and revise them as I meet with varying levels of success. My experience at the BC Cancer Agency has helped me to develop skills in networking, project management, and problem-solving that will serve me well in future positions in the field of health informatics."

Photo: Melissa ClarkeMelissa Clarke (Health Information Science) -  "I have enjoyed my co-op experience at the BC Cancer Agency immensely. The opportunity to be responsible for a research project on Telehealth has enabled me to gain skills in project and time management. The overall learning experience has been fantastic at the BC Cancer Agency. One of my favourite parts has been the freedom to attend a multitude of research lectures on a variety of topics on cancer therapy, cancer research, cell biology etc."

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