(We are very thankful and happy to receive this guest contribution from Lauren Clunie on the newly introduced ‘MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy’ programme in Glasgow. In this post, she offers us a first-hand glimpse into the contents of this programme.)
Hello, my name is Lauren Clunie and I am a postgraduate student from Glasgow. I am new to the medvis community and I feel privileged to have been asked to write about the course I am studying. I hope to give you a quick, and hopefully interesting, insight into what the course entails.
The MSc in Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy is a one year taught masters programme that is run by the Glasgow School of Art in collaboration with Glasgow University. The course is still very new; it began in September 2011 and is the first of its kind in the UK. It is mainly aimed for life sciences graduates who want to increase their knowledge for the digital aspects of medical science; however the course can also accommodate for computer science graduates who wish to specialise in medical technology.
My background is in anatomy, I graduated from the University of Dundee with joint honours in anatomy and physiology. I was very indecisive as to what my next step would be after I graduated; all I knew for sure was I am motivated by my passion and enthusiasm for the complex structure of the human body and how it works. I had always been intrigued by the use of technology within medical science. In May last year, when I heard about this course, I knew instantly that this was the right step for me to take. I am fascinated by the endless number of applications that are associated with medical visualisation and I am excited to be involved in such an up-and-coming field.
I have found that I am very interested in the development of new technologies to enhance anatomical education for medical, dental, forensic and anatomy students. This masters course so far has affirmed my passion for anatomy. I hope it will open many doors for me in the future and I am enormously excited to begin my career in medical visualisation.
Thank you for your interest on this topic. Please take a look at the short promotional video that also helps to summarise this masters programme. If you would like to keep up to date with my progress or have any questions, please feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn or follow me on twitter (@LClunieMedVis).