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Pathway program to perfect marks

Vincent McGovern is about to graduate from USQ with top marks, completing a health degree with a perfect grade point average of 7.

He’s already hard at work as an Anatomical Pathology Scientist in a Brisbane hospital, but Vincent’s journey to success isn’t the stereotypical ‘university story’.

“I was home-schooled throughout my childhood and, to be honest, was never really interested in academic pursuits growing up,” Vincent said.

“I finished up at Year 10, but I just didn’t know what I wanted to do next.”

After a few years of working and travelling, Vincent felt called to a career in health-care after developing an interest in science with a desire to make a difference in the lives of others.

With his eyes set on USQ’s Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, Vincent enrolled in the University’s bridging course, the Tertiary Preparation Program (TPP).

“TPP was comprehensive, helping to bridge the gap between my Year 10 experience and my Bachelor's degree,” he said.

“USQ has a really good balance in how they deliver information between the face-to-face interaction and the online capabilities.

“I did a number courses on campus and others online, and that flexibility allowed me to manage my own study processes so that I could perform effectively according to my own situation.”

The now 24-year-old is very much at home in the laboratory.

“Not everyone can say that they would rather be at work than anywhere else,” Vincent said.

“The laboratory performs important processing of biopsies, organ resections, tumour excisions, and also autopsy specimens, just to name a few.

“As scientists we prepare the tissue on a microscope slide so that a pathologist will be able to make a diagnosis.

“As for the future, I’m interested in research regarding immunology and pharmacogenomics.

“Anyone in health science is a life-long learner, as there's always going to be new information coming out. We have to be versatile and find better ways to help patients.”

USQ regretfully called off its first semester graduation ceremonies in light of Federal Government directions on large gatherings amid the COVID-19 situation.

Vincent and thousands of his fellow graduands will graduate in absentia, meaning their degrees will be conferred and testamurs sent out.

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Vincent and his fellow graduands will graduate in absentia, meaning their degrees will be conferred and testamurs sent out.