Third-year Healthcare Science student, Derek Okonkwo, talks about how the Healthcare Science course is taught at St George’s, University of London and which specialism he’s chosen.

Derek Okonkwo

How is the Healthcare Science (Physiological Sciences) course taught at St Georges?

Lectures usually cover pharmacology, the digestive system and the immune system. The number of shared lectures in a semester decreases over time and there are no shared lectures in final year. In between shared lecture are course lectures which focus more on cardiology and respiratory. You are taught how to carry out respiratory and cardiac tests.

In addition, you are also thought how to interpret results obtained from these tests.

Most of your time on this course will be spent on placement. It offers you the opportunity to learn on the job. You are treated as part of a clinical team which comes with responsibilities, such as portraying yourself in a positive light and getting the best result from a patient when performing a test.

Finally there are team work assessments that are designed to show the value of teamwork. 

It’s a great way to put your knowledge into practice. Furthermore, it makes the lectures easier to understand and remember. 

What was the most surprising element of your course or St George’s?

I was really surprised by how sports societies are really intense, but the pride on display every Wednesday (sports day) is always staggering.

Healthcare science is split into two streams. Which one are you studying or planning to study and why did you choose that specialism?

I chose respiratory because I really enjoyed that placement. I got to meet great people who were happy to help me whenever I needed it.

I also enjoyed the respiratory lectures more than the cardiac ones. I just understood the respiratory lectures better.

Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 December 2017 12:02