Four years is the time period between Olympic Games. It is the time period of an American presidency.
It is also the time required to train as a microbiology scientist in New Zealand.
Four years is a long, long time…
Four years sitting in a lecture theatre or mock laboratory, amassing debt, and learning (increasingly irrelevant) microbiology facts.
Would you recommend it to your children..?
This is an outdated model of training. If there was ever a profession that lent itself to an online, problem based learning course, combined with laboratory attachments from day 1, it is medical laboratory science, and especially microbiology.
Medical laboratory scientists in NZ (in all disciplines) do not get into a “real laboratory” until Year 4 of their training. What about if you enter the laboratory in year 4 and decide that spending day after day in a laboratory environment is just not for you.
Microbiology laboratories are changing fast. The technology is changing, the skill requirements are changing, the manpower requirements are changing.
The training (and the exams) needs to change as well in order to keep up…