Nathan Dalton

Nathan Dalton

Nathan Dalton

  • Student type: Domestic
  • Degree type: Honours
  • Year commenced: 2020
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)

Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)

After participating in research at the Bendigo Health Intensive Care Unit, Nathan Dalton decided to pursue a Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) project looking at the long-term outcomes of patients who receive MET calls.

Nathan completed a database-focused project by analysing a cohort of patients who received a medical emergency team (MET) call at Bendigo Hospital between 2012-2020. MET calls are activated when a patient on the ward undergoes deterioration detected by vital sign readings outside of normal parameters. What Nathan and the team specifically investigated was the long-term mortality outcomes of MET patients, and which patient factors were associated with an increased mortality risk.

Throughout the project, Nathan was supported by a team of supervisors including Associate Professor Rebecca Kippen, Dr Cameron Knott, Dr Michael Leach and Dr Zakary Doherty, a recent Monash graduate who spent most of his clinical years in Bendigo and completed a similar BMedSci project in 2018.

“All of my supervisors have been immensely supportive to me in completing both my BMedSc(Hons) and getting it published. I have been able to liaise with them constantly to get this work done, and seek guidance where necessary. I honestly could not have asked for a better supervisor team.”

Although he had to complete a lot of his project from home due to COVID, a huge highlight for Nathan was finally submitting his thesis, he says “I have enjoyed completing this research, as it is a way to both understand something in detail, and a way to contribute to the body of knowledge. I believe that I will always like to have some research in addition to my clinical work moving forward.”

The honours experience is also one that Nathan feels will positively benefit his future career as a doctor - and one he encourages other medical students to consider.

“I have gained many skills throughout the Honours year; conducting a literature review, data cleaning, data preparation using R, writing a thesis and manuscript for submission to a scholarly journal, just to mention a few. These will be extremely useful skills to have going into my future career, as I can continue to conduct research and won't have to learn how to do all these essential skills 'on the job'!”

Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours)